Title: Development of an Information Exchange Model for supporting logistics operations

Authors: H.C.W. Lau, G.T.S. Ho, C.X.H. Tang, Y.K. Tse, E.N.H. Cheng

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon 852, Hong Kong. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon 852, Hong Kong. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon 852, Hong Kong. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon 852, Hong Kong. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon 852, Hong Kong

Abstract: In this rapidly changing and volatile world, the fast flow of information plays an important role in achieving a reliable physical flow of logistics operations. With logistics information systems, the exchange of data is necessary to provide the support of cross-functional logistics activities. Different parties and systems pass the data back-and-forth and have to work together to accomplish the logistics activities and operations. For example, to obtain advice from the Decision Support Systems, the order processing systems retrieve the data and then export it to the report and output systems. However, these systems were designed individually and are not able to exchange and share data with each other efficiently. This paper proposes an Information Exchange Model and industry process information exchange standard to provide the capability to share and exchange data between logistics systems.

Keywords: IEM; information exchange model; logistics operations; online analytical processing; logistics information systems; data exchange; cross-functional logistics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISTA.2009.024255

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, 2009 Vol.6 No.3/4, pp.215 - 226

Available online: 30 Mar 2009 *

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