Twenty suppliers have begun shipping their products on pallets marked with radio frequency identification (RFID ) chips to more than 270 stores operated by Germany’s Metro AG, the company said Tuesday.

Metro, the world’s fifth largest retailer, said earlier this year it would introduce smart-tag technology across its logistics and storage operations by November. Initially, the company planned to have more than 100 suppliers using RFID by this deadline.

“Not everyone is ready yet, but our plan is definitely to have all suppliers convert quickly to RFID technology in the areas of shipping and warehousing,” said J

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