I had an opportunity to speak with Wal-Mart.com CEO Raul Vazquez on Tuesday. We briefly talked about RFID and possible applications that could help the Website streamline operations.
Wal-Mart.com launched a service in April called Find in Store to let consumers check available inventory for about 9,000 items in local stores. You simply log onto Wal-Mart.com and type in your zip code.
The online retailer isn't involved in Wal-Mart's RFID initiative to deploy the technology throughout their supply chain, but Vazquez says "One can imagine a day in the future where that's how we get inventory updates from stores. It would give us much more accurate counts of physical inventory on the shelf. The reader would feed into the store system, which feeds into the Wal-Mart information system, which is what we leverage. This way we could provide more accurate and up-to-date information to customers."
To me, it sounds like a project waiting to happen.