Wal-Mart Starts Stuffing Wranglers With RFID

Friday, July 23, 2010 , , 16 Comments



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.

WSJ:
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.

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.
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.

So don't cry when they start shoving the shit under your skin, you asked for it.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they can match the size of the jeans to a credit card at checkout. Knowing the size and owner's name they can then pass the info to the ObamaCare command center where they will take my Facebook photos and calculate my body mass index. If they determine that I gained a couple of pounds I could get an insurance cancellation notice in the mail. Things have really changed since the last time I shopped at Walmart back in '91.

Anonymous said...

And add in a network of low orbiting satellites and other communication grids cross-referenced with your tag # and suddenly you resemble sheep setup for slaughter. No escape.

Anonymous said...

You guys did note the word "removable" in that article, right? Clothes, DVDs, books and who knows how many other things have had similar things for a while. On clothing, it's just a tag no different than the size tag and just as easily removed. Not to mention the fact that once or twice through the washing machine will kill any of these tags anyway.

I make a point of going through permanent purchases like that to remove them. It isn't hard.

OldSouth said...

So that's what made the alarms go off when I exited WalMart today with my camera batteries and two rolls of film--yes, I still shoot film...

I try to avoid the place if at all possible, and my opinion was confirmed today.

Anonymous said...

Wrong and wrong again. Some tags are removeable and some are not. Try removing the one imbedded between the pages of your passport or in your credit card, or the one sandwiched between the seams in the clothing that you don't even know is there.

I may have read something about being able to "remove" your passport RFID by microwaving it for a few seconds.

but I have no idea what you are talking about.

Anonymous said...

I better go check out my leopard pattern Snuggie and see if there's one in there...

Good luck, Anon, and feel free to update us with what you find out. Although, truthfully, we may be getting into "oversharing" here.

Little does TLP realize he's getting RFID-tagged leopard banana hammocks for his birthday so I can track his every move.

Muahahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

"There are so many significant benefits in knowing how to better manage inventory and better serve customers," said Lorenzo Lopez, a Wal-Mart spokesman. "This will enhance the shopping experience and help us grow our business."

'cause you know people are going to Wal-Mart mostly for the quality shopping experience Does this mean that I should microwave my BVD's before wearing if purchased during a quality experience at Wal-Mart? Wearing said BVD's or maybe just after removing them from package? Don't wear them under the leopard pattern Snuggie but I do have to strap them on before going to work. you know who this is.

Anonymous said...

banana hammocks - just got the dictionary out for that one... learn something new every day ... some things you just don't want to know but you learn them nonetheless here at JDA...sheesh.

Anonymous said...

microwaved the BVDs but forgot to take them out of the plastic packaging first... now the plastic and cotton are fused together. too cheap to throw them out so just wear them when the temperatures are below 40 degrees, otherwise, terrible sweating and resulting rash in the groin area.

Bonus, your family jewels are now waterproof.

Anonymous said...

never underestimate the importance of "breathable fabric" when it comes to underwear

Anonymous said...

Gonads shrouded in plastic. yikes. The little Wal-Mart Happy Face fused onto the draws by electromagnetic waves.

Anonymous said...

now the BVD's pull double duty as a shower cap.