Food and drug retailer Albertsons Inc implements RFID
March 08, 2004
Techweb: Albertsons Launches RFID Initiative:
Food and drug retailer Albertsons Inc. on Friday said it has launched an initiative to use electronic tags for tracking goods through its supply chain, and expects its top 100 suppliers to join the program by April 2005.
The $36 billion company is currently testing radio frequency identification technology in its own warehouses. The program is focusing on using RFID tags to track cases and pallets. [...]
Albertsons, based in Boise, Idaho, operates about 2,300 retail stores in 31 U.S. states. The chains includes Albertsons, Acme, Sav-on Drugs, Osco Drug and Super Saver.
Posted by andersja
When you have the top retailers in the world joining the RFID club, you sometimes don't realize that you use money as a discrimination tool. Just as real as if you joined a Country Club that exclude Blacks, Jews, or Polish imigrants, and individuals with mixed relations.
Yes, in fact I am a Black Jew, who's grandmother was from Poland, and I am married to a Chinese Nationalist.
I have traveled most of the world, tollorated predijidice, and injustice, and shouldered the weight of inequality, and realized that life is wonderful.
I will be in the club eventually as I am a good player, a professional in my field, just as in the 40's the black athletics were allowed in the clubs.
America is the most homoginized country in the world and I mean that in a bad way and a good way as it provides a rich culture, and a very bland cultural experence.
RFID adds another cost to end users and small diverse companies that will not be able to come to the market to play. I will miss the diversity when the rest of the players in the Club kick out the Black, Polish, Jew, Married to a Chinese. And the poor.