Shippers may be watching warily from the sidelines, but suppliers, consultants and service providers aren't hesitating to jump into the RFID game. With the prospect of widespread RFID adoption on the horizon, they're anxious to get in on the action. Announcements of new training programs, new products or services, or new alliances appear almost daily. A few recent examples:
In the meantime, RFID is also receiving top billing at industry events—at least one upcoming conference will focus on nothing else. On April 21-22, the second RFID World Conference and Expo takes place at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Denver. The educational tracks include sessions on EPC implementation, RFID in the retail and pharmaceutical supply chains, and deployment of RFID in warehouses and DCs. The sponsors expect to attract 50 or more exhibitors as well.
Looking further out, the Material Handling Industry of America says that it will devote approximately 25,000 square feet of show floor space to a special RFID presentation area at ProMat 2005 next January. The exhibit in the South Hall of Chicago's McCormick Place will include a theater pavilion where attendees can view multi-media presentations and display space immediately adjacent to the theater for the program's sponsors. ProMat 2005 takes place Jan. 10 to 13.