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4A THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE SEPTEMBER 21.2015 SPECIAL REPORT GLOBAL LOGISTICS FOCUS 2015 IT'S BEEN A decade since Wal-Mart told its top suppliers that the world's larg- est retailer would charge a fee for each pallet of goods they shipped without a radio-frequency identifi cation tag to the giant Sam's Club distribution cen- ter in Texas. The bold initiative came at a time when many technology pundits were touting the long-term benefits RFID would provide, not just to Wal- Mart but also to its suppliers. Much like e-commerce, hailed during the late Its potential for inventory management across the retail spectrum long since extinguished, the technology is fi nding its footing in high-value goods By Alan M. Field RFID: FROM REVOLUTION TO EVOLUTION

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