RFID and Supply Chain Visibility

RFID and Supply Chain Visibility

Sumeet Gupta (Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Technology and Management, India), Miti Garg (The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific, Singapore), Heng Xu (The Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Mark Goh (The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific, Singapore)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-960-1.ch078
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Abstract

Supply chains have become increasingly complex and interdependent in the globalization era. Regulatory authorities are demanding stricter customer compliance, and customers are demanding real-time data for better decision making. At the same time, customer demand is becoming more erratic thus the need for enhanced supply chain coordination with an objective to enhance overall customer value. Radio Frequency Identification RFID, an enabler of supply chain visibility, has the potential to provide customers with large amounts of information at any point in the movement of goods through the supply chain. This technology complements the barcode technology. However, with the acceptance of RFID technology, several managerial and technical issues arise. The focus of this chapter is to thus discuss the relevance of RFID technology for enabling supply chain visibility and adoption related issues.

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