Title: Sharing tracking and tracing data to improve operations of supply chain actors

Authors: Vahid Mirzabeiki; Per Sjöholm

Addresses: Chalmers University of Technology, Division of Logistics and Transportation, 412 96, Göteborg, Sweden ' Starbright Consulting AB, Gjuterigatan 9, 55318, Jönköping, Sweden

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to identify and analyse, by means of in-depth case study, opportunities offered by sharing rail-wagon tracking and tracing data for operations of actors of an automotive Supply Chain (SC). The study shows that sharing data via a wagon tracking and tracing system provides opportunities for traffic authorities to better monitor infrastructure usage. This will lead to improved maintenance procedures by transport operators and, further, will enable the tracking and tracing of containers and pallets demanded by transport customers.

Keywords: SCM; supply chain management; automotive supply chains; wagon tracking data; wagon tracing data; RFID; radio frequency identification; railway wagons; rail transport; automobile industry; usage monitoring; data sharing; infrastructure usage; maintenance procedures; containers; pallets.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2012.048672

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2012 Vol.13 No.1, pp.81 - 95

Published online: 20 Aug 2012 *

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