In a sign of the times for beleaguered RFID, when $8 billion apparel and home furnishing chain Dillards announced Tuesday that it was beginning an RFID pilot, it spent most of its short statement detailing various restrictions on its trial efforts. It's sort of like announcing a brand-new hire by telling employees all of the things you won't permit the new person to do.
The item-level RFID/Electronic Product Code (EPC) trial will feature "tags designed to be removed at the time of purchase. They are not required in the event that the customer wishes to return the garment. No link will be made between the garment information held by the tag and the customer's personal information," said the retailer's ultra-happy news release.