Wal-Mart

announced it has begun field tests of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology at seven “Supercenters” and one regional distribution area in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The following product manufacturers are participating in the trial: Gillette, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Foods, Nestle Purina PetCare, Procter & Gamble Company and Unilever. Initially a total of 21 products will be included in the test; each Supercenter typically stocks 100,000 products, Wal-Mart said, adding that it is targeting 100% readability of pallet tags through dock doors and 100% readability of case tags on distribution center conveyor belts.