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Buyer-supplier relationships influence on traceability implementation in the vegetable industry


  • Álvarez Gil, María José
  • Alfaro, José A.
  • Rábade, Luis Arturo


The increasing importance of food safety has made traceability a crucial issue in the agri-business industry. In this article, we have analysed the factors that shape the buyer-supplier relationships, and how they influence the traceability of raw materials. In order to do so, first, we have made a literature review to develop an analytical framework. Next, we have carried out four case studies on vegetable firms with the purpose of uncovering the variables that characterise buyer-supplier relationships, and its influence on traceability in this sector. Finally, we have compared the observed links with the conceptual framework derived from the literature in order to build and improved model.

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  • Álvarez Gil, María José & Alfaro, José A. & Rábade, Luis Arturo, 2006. "Buyer-supplier relationships influence on traceability implementation in the vegetable industry," DEE - Working Papers. Business Economics. WB wb060502, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
  • Handle: RePEc:cte:wbrepe:wb060502

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    1. Willem Ziggers, Gerrit & Trienekens, Jacques, 1999. "Quality assurance in food and agribusiness supply chains: Developing successful partnerships," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(1), pages 271-279, April.
    2. Alfaro, José A. & Álvarez Gil, María José & Montes, María J., 2002. "Lagging behind versus advancing too fast? identifying gaps research in supply chain," DEE - Working Papers. Business Economics. WB wb021409, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
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    1. Danielle Galliano & Luis Orozco, 2011. "Les déterminants industriels et spatiaux du processus d'adoption de technologies : Le cas des systèmes de traçabilité dans les firmes industrielles françaises," Géographie, économie, société, Lavoisier, vol. 13(2), pages 135-163.
    2. Elodie Kacioui-Maurin & Jennifer Lazzeri & Valérie Michon, 2015. "The Strategic Intent Of Logistic Service Providers On Three Processes: French Case," Post-Print hal-01428898, HAL.
    3. Galliano, Danielle & Orozco, L., 2008. "Intra and Inter organisational determinants of electronic-based traceability adoption: evidences from the French agri-food industry," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 43952, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Leguizamon, Francisco & Selva, Guillermo & Santos, Manuel, 2016. "Small farmer suppliers from local to global," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 69(10), pages 4520-4525.
    5. Alfaro, Jos A. & Rbade, Luis A., 2009. "Traceability as a strategic tool to improve inventory management: A case study in the food industry," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 104-110, March.

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