- January 30, 2004, PRESS RELEASE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, USA—Weber Marking Systems reports it has established Initiative 2004, a program aimed at providing the necessary systems and supplies to help companies meet RFID compliance standards.
Recently Wal-Mart, a major player driving changes in the packaging realm these days, issued a mandate that requires its top 100 suppliers to place radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on all cases and pallet loads by January 2005. According to Weber president Brad Weber, "Wal-Mart was the first to set a deadline for RFID compliance. The US Department of Defense was next (also for 2005), and we feel that many other retailers and supply-chain operations are bound to follow suit. We pledge that our Initiative 2004 will ensure that our customers will be ready."
Weber adds the company already has started to ensure that equipment, like label printers and printer-applicators, will be available to encode data on RFID tags as well as produce printed bar codes, text, and graphics on the same smart labels.