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Using RFID Technology for Real-Time Logistics Management of Dried Figs: Insights from a Greek Union of Cooperatives


 Zeimpekis, V., Minis, I.

Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Freight Transportation & Logistics (ODYSSEUS 2009, Cesme, Izmir, Turkey, May 26-29, (electronic proceedings), 2009.

The logistics management of fresh produce and fruits constitutes an important area of the agrifood supply chain, due to the perishable nature of the products, as well as certain legislative requirements regarding traceability from the field to the supermarket shelf. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology may support a number of processes in the food logistics area, such as real-time monitoring and control, as well as data collection and information provision. In this paper, we present the design, and implementation of an intelligent RFID-based information system for real-time management of dried figs. A systematic method is also proposed to fine tune this and other RFID based systems. We have tested the proposed system in a Greek Union of Cooperatives (SYKIKI Coop) of fig producers and demonstrate how RFID technology may improve warehousing operations, increase customer service through online product traceability, and reduce operational costs.