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.
portray themselves as an RFID thought leader of any sort. However, while customers should be encouraged by the apparent interest of vendors and their commendable moves, which speak volumes about the technology's prospects, customers should note that many vendors' PRs, after cutting through customary hyped-up rhetoric, merely have trial, pilot-stage projects; initial participation in standards-making councils; or laboratory-based simulations of real-life RFID-based scenarios. SAP, as the recently