For retailers and the other vertical industries, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags present enormous opportunities to improve supply chain operations, since real-time inventory control, tracking, and alerting capabilities could be very important advantages of RFID. As tagged inventory goes through ports, terminals, freight forwarders, and into a distribution center, the RFID tag should provide near real-time visibility of an item's whereabouts at all times.
test a variety of hardware solutions, tag configurations, and products to understand how the technology applies to their business requirements. RedPrairie's RFID Accelerator, the afore-mentioned middleware compliance application, is at the heart of the RFID Lab, integrating RFID scanned information with WMS data to produce the ASN and shipping documents required by Wal-Mart and the US Department of Defense ( DoD ). It accepts scanned data from multiple tag manufacturers including, among others: Alien ,