HP, BearingPoint to Join on Electronic Tags

From Bloomberg News

Hewlett-Packard Co. and computer-services company BearingPoint Inc. said they would work together to help retailers use radio frequency identification technology to manage inventory and study buying patterns.

The system uses electronic tags to track merchandise and is similar to electronic toll passes. Palo Alto-based Hewlett-Packard will provide computers and BearingPoint will offer consulting.

Shares of Hewlett-Packard fell 16 cents to $18.24 Shares of McLean, Va.-based BearingPoint, formerly known as KPMG Consulting Inc., fell 3 cents to $8.79. Both trade on the NYSE.

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