Wal-Mart and Tesco To Test Smart Shelves

Jan 09, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Wal-Mart and Tesco are working with Gillette to test a new inventory control technology that uses shelves that can read radio frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in the manufacturer’s products.

Wal-Mart spokesman, Bill Wertz told ZDNet News the chain plans to test the smart shelf technology in concert with Gillette at a store in Brockton, MA.

The retailer has plans to field a similar test in cosmetics with Procter & Gamble. The timing and location of project were not made public.

Tesco has also acknowledged plans to test the smart shelf technology with Gillette but is withholding further details for the time being.

Moderator’s Comment: What are your thoughts on the
use of smart shelf technology and RFID?

Our view: Great technology, steep price.
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