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Marks & Spencer announced that it will experiment with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging of its clothing to see if it helps the company maintain better control of its inventory.

The Financial Times reported that the test will begin later this year and be expanded after Christmas, but “only if it showed that it was helping the group achieve healthy efficiency savings.”

This news comes a day after MNB reported that clothing maker and retailer Benetton was backing off its announced plan to put RFID tags on all its products, allowing it to track items from factory to stores.

The Benetton decision is perceived as a victory for privacy advocates, and a setback for Philips Electronics, which had planned to ship some 15 million RFID tags for Benetton products alone.
KC's View:
We’re going to see a lot of two steps forward, one step back kind of progress on this while all the political and cultural issues are debated and maybe even resolved.