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Albertsons, Inc. announced Friday that it is launching a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) program, using the technology to improve efficiencies in consumer demand chain management. The company is currently in the testing phase using RFID technology with select partners at the case and pallet level. Albertsons expects its top 100 suppliers to be participating in the RFID program at the case and pallet level by April 2005.

"We are confident that RFID technology will further enhance our service to customers by improving consumer demand chain management," said Bob Dunst, executive vice president and chief technology officer. "We'll be able to instantly locate products as they flow through our supply chain, making sure the right products are in the right place at the right time as we focus on making our customers' lives easier."

Albertsons is a founding member and an active participant in the EPCglobal standardization process for retail consumer demand chain management. EPCglobal, a newly formed not-for-profit organization, will develop and oversee commercial and technical standards for the Electronic Product Code (EPC(TM)) Network.
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