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Management article
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Reference no. BH153
Published by: Indiana University
Published in: "Business Horizons", 2005
Length: 9 pages
Topics: Supply chain

Abstract

A major advancement is taking place in supply chain management. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has now been developed to the point at which it can provide suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers with precise real-time information on where their products are in the supply chain - information that can be valuable in terms of improving supply chain management (SCM) efficiencies and revenue generation. Several companies in the food and consumer packaged goods industries are involved in one or more major RFID pilot programs. Describes the critical trends and implications of applying this technology to SCM, detailing its benefits, as well as impediments, to implementation.

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Abstract

A major advancement is taking place in supply chain management. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has now been developed to the point at which it can provide suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers with precise real-time information on where their products are in the supply chain - information that can be valuable in terms of improving supply chain management (SCM) efficiencies and revenue generation. Several companies in the food and consumer packaged goods industries are involved in one or more major RFID pilot programs. Describes the critical trends and implications of applying this technology to SCM, detailing its benefits, as well as impediments, to implementation.

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