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Traceability as a strategic tool to improve inventory management: A case study in the food industry

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  • Alfaro, Jos A.
  • Rbade, Luis A.

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Our aim in this research is to show that traceability can become much more than just a way to guarantee food safety. To illustrate this idea, we have developed a longitudinal case study of one firm in the Spanish vegetable industry. We show the reasons why this firm decided to implement a computerised traceability system, and we describe how the use of its traceability system has provided them with many qualitative and quantitative advantages along the different stages of their supply chain, their manufacturing operations and their inventory and logistics activities.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

Volume (Year): 118 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 104-110

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Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:118:y:2009:i:1:p:104-110

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Keywords: Traceability Supply chain Innovation;

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  1. Maria Jose Álvarez & Jose Antonio Alfaro & Luis Arturo Rabade, 2006. "Buyer-Supplier Relationships Influence On Traceability Implementation In The Vegetable Industry," Business Economics Working Papers wb060502, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
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Cited by:
  1. Wang, X. & Li, D. & O'brien, C. & Li, Y., 2010. "A production planning model to reduce risk and improve operations management," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 124(2), pages 463-474, April.
  2. Holmström, Jan & Främling, Kary & Ala-Risku, Timo, 2010. "The uses of tracking in operations management: Synthesis of a research program," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 126(2), pages 267-275, August.
  3. Resende-Filho, Moises & Buhr, Brian, 2007. "Economics of traceability for mitigation of food recall costs," MPRA Paper 3650, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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