After researching and testing the compatibility of Gen2 hardware with its own packaging, logistics and shipping systems, Kimberly-Clark began shipping Gen2 RFID tagged cases to Wal-Mart.
In an April 19 press release, Cheryl Perkins, Kimberly-Clark's chief innovation officer said, "Today's announcement solidifies our goal of partnering with customers to improve fundamental business processes and deliver greater value. As we continue to deploy Gen2 RFID technology throughout our supply chain infrastructure, we expect to experience improved efficiencies that will help ensure we deliver the right product to the right customer at the right time."
Kimberly-Clark said it has shipped 100,000 cases of its child-care products since March. By the end of May, Kimberly-Clark anticipates solely using the Gen2 platform to fulfill product shipments for those customers using an RFID-enabled supply chain that supports Gen2 technology.
"As we continue exploring the use of RFID technology within our own operations and those of our customers, we expect to gain insights on how the technology can improve the functionality of various back-office business applications. This knowledge will be invaluable for Kimberly-Clark and our customers, and has the potential to play a key role in the global adoption and implementation of RFID technology," said Mike O'Shea, director of Kimberly-Clark's Auto-ID Sensing Technologies.
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