Walmart Smart Inventory System Essay

1306 Words May 13th, 2013 6 Pages
Arnold Zio
BUS 362 Spring, Miller

Wal-Mart S.M.A.R.T System

I live close to a walmart in Burtonsville MD, so I decided to write this Paper on their Inventory System. Wal-mart, the wholesale retail monopoly, focused on developing an RFID-based electronic product code, or EPC. The electronic code would allow businesses to track shipments and inventory automatically through a system of tags and sensors. It was a potential replacement for the manual scanning of bar codes, a technology that itself revolutionized retail two decades earlier. Given the nearly non-existent cost of bar codes relative to RFID, several in the industry said, the EPC was a solution in search of a problem. Wal-Mart view RFID technology in their SMART system as a
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stores.

While the smart tags can be removed from clothing and packages, another flaw in using these tags, is that they can’t be turned off, and they are traceable. This raises Some privacy issues that criminals will be able to drive by consumers’ homes and scan their garbage to discover what they have recently purchased. Privacy advocates worry that retailers will be able to scan customers who carry new types of personal ID cards as they walk through a store, without their knowledge. Several states, including Washington and New York, have begun issuing enhanced driver’s licenses that contain radio- frequency tags with unique ID numbers, to make border crossings easier for frequent travelers. Some privacy advocates contend that retailers could theoretically scan people with such licenses as they make purchases, combine the info with their credit card data, and then know the person’s identity the next time they stepped into the store.

Wal-Mart System can only be used By their Company because it was Specifically designed for them and They patented it. This makes no other company to be able to copy their design.
Wal-Mart embraced The technology to become an innovator in the way stores track inventory and restock their shelves, cutting costs and passing the savings along to customers. In the process the company became synonymous with the concept of successful supply chain management. The main disadvantage of Wal-Mart SMART inventory system.

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