Wal-Mart Starts Stuffing Wranglers With RFID
Inventory tracking, eh? Why don't you track my middle finger pointing in your general direction, Wal-Mart?
Thankfully for yours truly the closest Wal-Mart is about 40 miles away and far too quaint for my taste. They don't carry skinny jeans that would fit my hipster ass and even if they did I'm morally opposed to cheap labor and even cheaper goods.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates say better controls inventory but some critics say raises privacy concerns.See what you did, America? You sat around asleep while they put RFID in your passports and made fingerprints a requirement at the DMV. You slept through Facebook's 15 privacy changes in the last two months and definitely didn't notice when they started installing cameras on every corner to track your every move.
Starting next month, the retailer will place removable "smart tags" on individual garments that can be read by a hand-held scanner. Wal-Mart workers will be able to quickly learn, for instance, which size of Wrangler jeans is missing, with the aim of ensuring shelves are optimally stocked and inventory tightly watched. If successful, the radio-frequency ID tags will be rolled out on other products at Wal-Mart's more than 3,750 U.S. stores.
"This ability to wave the wand and have a sense of all the products that are on the floor or in the back room in seconds is something that we feel can really transform our business," said Raul Vazquez, the executive in charge of Wal-Mart stores in the western U.S.
So don't cry when they start shoving the shit under your skin, you asked for it.