RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology is a tool of industry, not the other way around. It is a way to exploit the use of clever data placement with even more clever data and transactional processing. With some very large supply chain managers driving RFID development, we'll see it quickly move into warehouse applications across many industries.
With recent announcements by Walmart and the Department of Defense that they will require their largest suppliers to provide RFID tags, there has been a good deal of pie-in-the-sky assertions in the technical media regarding RFID. Most of the hype is coming from three sources: Consulting firms, WMS (warehouse management system) providers and the manufacturers of (surprise) RFID tags and reader equipment.