Title: RFID technology in emergency logistics: an exploratory study

Authors: Yen-Chun Jim Wu; Taih-Cherng Lirn

Addresses: National Sun Yat-Sen University, 70, Lienhai Road, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan ' National Taiwan Ocean University, 2, Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 20224, Taiwan

Abstract: Little research has been done to date on radio frequency identification (RFID) applications in emergency logistics (EL). The purpose of this paper is to explore the applicability of RFID systems in EL. This study has developed an RFID-based EL structure to demonstrate how RFID can simultaneously update and grasp demand-side needs and supply-side inventories, enabling disaster managers to deploy resources in an optimal and timely manner and improve EL efficiency. This study provides a preliminary yet practical step towards exploring the possibility of using RFID in emergencies.

Keywords: RFID; radio frequency identification; emergency logistics; enterprise development; relief SCM; supply chain management; information technology; emergency management; disaster management; emergency relief.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2011.044636

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2011 Vol.11 No.2/3/4, pp.163 - 181

Published online: 30 Apr 2015 *

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