Albert L. Wright, vice president of engineering for UPS, says the parcel service plans to provide RFID systems and services to customers, will participate in RFID standards bodies, be an internal user of the technology and invest in RFID systems. UPS has invested in Impinj Inc. and Savi Technology, two RFID companies.

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“To say today that RFID is going to be an end-all solution to transform the logistics supply chain I think is a little premature,” says Wright. “The value proposition for RFID has to be done by each industry, and each user, to determine if there is a return on invested capital.”