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RFID Compliant?

What You Need to Know

If your goods are sold in Walmart stores across the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or on,

beginning on September 2, 2022, several products entering stores must have RFID tags (radio frequency identification) and be 100% readable by RFID readers or you will be deemed noncompliant. The product categories impacted include, but may not be limited to, items in home goods, electronics, toys, sporting goods, and automotive. Our team of experts can help implement a solution for your business to meet Walmart’s RFID requirements.


    Speak to a Walmart RFID expert

    Walmart RFID: Dates to Know

    June 3, 2022

    Last day to submit RFID
    samples to Auburn University

    Make sure to send at least five samples
    to Auburn University by June 3. Do not
    include your product with your samples.

    August 17, 2022

    Must arrive to distribution
    center (MABD)

    All RFID-tagged products must arrive at
    their respective distribution center
    or facility by August 17.

    September 2, 2022

    All products arriving at store
    must be tagged

    All products that are going to stores
    must be tagged. From here,
    Walmart begins its in-store testing
    before rollout and deployment.

    We Can Help You Quickly and Efficiently Get RFID Tags on Your Goods to Meet Retailers’ Mandates

    There are a few different ways you can become compliant on time, no matter the state of your inventory. You’re going to need to make a few key purchases and make some process changes to get RFID tags on goods. Avalon’s team of experts can guide you step by step and manage the entire compliance readiness strategy, or simply step in where you need assistance. To start, we’ll help you consider which approach is right for you:

    RFID Comply

    We help set you up with what you need now to print RFID tags onsite.

    • Buy the right RFID printers, labels and inlays
    • Help configure your tagging solution
    • Get the inlays tested and certified by Auburn by June 3, 2022
    • Train workers on how to print the tags

    RFID Comply+

    We help you get set up to print now through everything offered in our Comply program AND work with you to leverage this effort for your own business benefits.

    • Expert consultation on enterprise labeling software and label format creation
    • An expert will evaluate other use cases for RFID to benefit your operations, including enabling smarter decisions with real-time tracking of work-in-process, product identification, shipment accuracy, automated receiving, inventory accuracy, asset tracking and product lifecycle management
    • Help determine the feasibility of using printer applicators to apply RFID labels to goods and the ROI that would provide

    RFID Service Bureau

    Leverage our research, expertise, and label converter relationships to have your labels pre-printed and delivered to you.

    • Peak has evaluated label converters and selected a core group that have multiple
    • We’ll coordinate RFID encoding with our partners and have the RFID-compliant labels shipped right to you, ready to apply

    Consider the Pros and Cons of Your Approach

    Simply purchase and apply labels for now, or design and build a solution that can scale for future use and be leveraged for better business performance. We have helped customers weigh pros and cons of each approach:

    In-House RFID
    Compliance &


    In house RFID infrastructure allows you to print and encode labels on demand

    Extend initial investment in this technology into other internal applications and use cases

    Allows you an immediate path to achieve RFID compliance for any future retail compliance directives


    Higher upfront infrastructure equipment costs

    Internal expertise needed to support the on-demand labeling/encoding process

    Supply chain availability of RFID printers

    Third-Party RFID
    Compliance &


    No upfront investment in RFID technology infrastructure

    Quick to implement, easy to achieve compliance

    Avoid supply chain delays currently associated with many models of printers


    Does not enable your business to have the RFID infrastructure for other internal applications and use cases

    No future path to a return on investment

    Scalable RFID Solutions, Simplified and Installed in Days

    Our Avalon team is here to work with you in meeting your compliance requirements today, and planning what may be best for your business in the future. The new Walmart RFID is another significant step that shows a promising future for this technology in the retail industry. Achieve Walmart compliance in no time without disrupting your current business and avoid heavy costs burdens by working with Avalon RFID specialists.


    Speak to a Walmart RFID Expert

    We Can Help You Quickly and Efficiently Get RFID Tags on
    Your Goods to Meet Retailer Mandates


    Frequently Asked Questions about the Walmart RFID

    • Home departments – D14, 17, 20, 22, 71, 74
    • Entertainment departments – D7, 72, 87
    • Hardlines departments – D9, 10 tires, and batteries

    Auburn University address

    Auburn University RFID Lab
    Attn: Walmart Home Supplier Validation
    1550 East Glenn Avenue
    Auburn, AL 36849 USA

    Auburn University’s phone


    Prior to sending your label samples, Auburn University asks that you fill out an online form with more information about your company, product and specifications used.

    You are still required to submit samples to Auburn University for these products.

    Yes. It is encouraged to leverage the technology within your business.

    The Walmart mandate dictates all products must be applied at the item level into the disposable packaging or adhesively applied to specified areas of packaging.

    Not every SKU a supplier makes must be submitted for validation. Send a representative sku per product supplier, brand, packaging type, packaging agency, and RFID Inlay type.

    The tag must be compliant to GS1 and RFID lab ARC Standards.

    For best results a printer of 300 to 600 dots per minute (DPI) should be used. This is a measurement of the quality of the print.

    Yes. Walmart stores will have the ability to reprint  labels, if needed.