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.
former Auto-ID Center (now EPCglobal ), a not-for-profit research organization headquartered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT ), and which is designing the critical elements and creating global standards for the next generation bar code—called the EPC Network . Through this program, Manhattan Associates will continue to contribute to establishing a future standard where everyday objects with EPC tags can be identified anywhere automatically. The vendor's partnerships with Microsoft, IBM ,