RFID Implementation as Command Capitalism
by John Adams
Sam Williams has a piece in Salon about Wal-Mart's RFID implementation effort. It's worth reading for various insights (now I know why I shop at Publix), especially this one:
At the same time, however, Greenbaum has noted the paradox of Wal-Mart capitalism: That in order for it to succeed, a company practically has to give itself over to Soviet-style principles. Whether that means management centralization, tighter information control, or adopting a "tough love" approach to suppliers and employees, most large-scale corporations are too far down the garden path to consider a detour.
An article about RFID that doesn't discuss privacy? Heresy!