RFID in highly perishable food supply chains - Remaining shelf life to supplant expiry date?

Martin Grunow, Selwyn Piramuthu

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Abstract

RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification) has been proposed as a leading technology that could help reduce wastage in perishable food supply chains. This is due to their cost-effective ability to reliably identify tagged items as well as gather information on their ambient conditions through appropriate sensors. We model and study the utility of sensor-enabled RFID-generated item-level information in a highly perishable food supply chain from several perspectives including the distributor, retailer and consumer. With specific focus on expiry date and remaining shelf-life, we develop conditions under which the incorporation of RFID could benefit distributors, retailers and consumers. We also consider RFID investment decision in a highly perishable food supply chain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-727
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Volume146
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Perishable supply networks
  • RFID
  • Remaining shelf life

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