Here we go again, and what a difference a few years makes. The SCDigest editorial team provides excellent analysis, follow the link and you’ll get the big picture.
First, was the initial effort a “failure”? Who knows, it’s all relative depending upon where you’re sitting. SCDigests points to the winners and losers within the context of the Wal-Mart world. But if one looks beyond the limited stores and DC’s where this work was done, it’s clear that that the entire supply chain execution space has benefited from this effort. Both hardware and software providers have made geometric improvements in cost and performance. Think of the inital Wal-Mart pilots as a shake down cruise for the evolving supply chain. Since the beginning of Q1 2010, the adoption curve has steepened in A&D, Manufacturing, and Enterprise Asset Management as the technology moves to other verticals.
Now with reliable, lower cost technology, ROI is tangible, vendors are willing to participate at the mutual benefit of the supplier and the seller. Lessons learned lead us down this path, and had Wal-Mart not been so “heavy handed” as perceived by some, this train would never have left the station.
Finally, I’ll say it one more time, I do look forward to a discussion that does not include the irrelevant and tired privacy rhetoric. In today’s highly connected, fast paced society, this technology represents no more threat than a Bar-Code, let’s move on shall we?