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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.

"We are confident that RFID technology will further enhance our service to customers by improving consumer demand chain management," Bob Dunst, executive vice president and chief technology officer, said in a statement.

A spokeswoman declined to give further details, saying only that Albertsons was conducting its tests in one product category within the grocery business, and planned to expand to other categories throughout the rest of the year.

In making the announcement, Albertsons joins retailers Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. in launching initiatives to use RFID technology to track pallets and cases of goods as they move through warehouses and head to stores. Wal-Mart and Target also have 2005 mandates for suppliers.

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