Business and IT executives from Wal-Mart, Target Stores, HP, and Kimberly Clark are set to discuss the issues surrounding RFID with their suppliers during one of the three opening sessions at the ‘Retail Systems 2004/VICS Collaborative Commerce’ conference in a panel entitled ‘EPC Here and Now: A Fireside Chat about RFID’ on Tuesday May 18th, 2004.
According to the conference’s organisers, those taking part in the panel discussion will include Linda Dillman (EVP/CIO for Wal-Mart Stores), Paul Singer (SVP of Technology Services and CIO for Target Corp.), Mike O’Shea (Director of Auto-ID/RFID Strategies and Technology for Kimberly-Clark), and Dick Lampman (SVP for HP Research and Director of HP Labs at Hewlett Packard).
The panellists will offer their views about the realities, promises, and challenges of an RFID-enabled supply chain, also providing an update on EPCglobal, as well as discussing why Wal-Mart and Target are leading the RFID ‘call to action’.
On May 18th the retailer keynote address is by Mike Duke, EVP and CEO for Wal-Mart Stores Division (USA). Entitled, ‘RFID: Shaping the Future’, Duke will discuss the long-term vision driving Wal-Mart Stores’ decision to integrate Electronic Product Code (EPC) and RFID network technology into the company’s supply chain practices.
On May 19th the US Department of Defense, represented by Maurice Stewart (Deputy Chief of DoD Logistics Automatic Identification Technology), will detail the DoD’s requirement for all suppliers to use active and passive RFID tags on all military shipments by January 2005.
The Retail Systems 2004/VICS Collaborative Commerce conference (May 17th to 19th, 2004) in Chicago will also offer opportunities to meet with vendors and other industry players to get up-to-date information on RFID applications for the retail, apparel and CPG industries.
Reprinted with permission from Using RFID (http://www.usingrfid.com/news)
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