CHICAGO — Mike Duke, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, on Tuesday spelled out a more detailed time frame for the retailer’s radio frequency identification program, emphasized it is not slowing down the effort and said Wal-Mart is implementing the technology to reduce out of stocks and increase sales.

Duke was the keynote speaker at the Retail Systems conference here. Standing behind the podium and wearing a brown suit and a persimmon tie, the Wal-Mart executive admitted it was unusual for him to accept such speaking invitations. In his remarks, Duke said he majored in engineering at Georgia Tech and added, “I have just enough background in technology to be dangerous.”

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