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Increasing Capacity Exploitation in Food Supply Chains Using Grid Concepts


Volk, E; Mueller, M; Jacob, A; Racz, P; Waldburger, M (2009). Increasing Capacity Exploitation in Food Supply Chains Using Grid Concepts. In: The 6th International Workshop on Grid Economics and Business Models (Gecon2009), Delft, The Netherlands, 24 August 2009 - 24 August 2009, 88-101.

Abstract

Food supply chains today are characterized by fixed trade relations with long term contracts established between heterogeneous supply chain companies. Production and logistics capacities of these companies are often utilized in an economically inefficient manner only. In addition, increased consumer awareness in food safety issues renders supply chain management even more challenging, since integrated tracking and tracing along the whole food supply chain is needed. Facing these issues of supply chain management complexity and completely documented product quality, this paper proposes a full lifecycle solution for dynamic capacity markets based on concepts used in the field of Grid [1], like management of Virtual Organization (VO) combined with Service Level Agreement (SLA). The solution enables the cost-efficient utilization of real world capacities (e.g., production capacities or logistics facilities) by using a simple, browser-based portal. Users are able to enter into product-specific negotiations with buyers and suppliers of a food supply chain, and to obtain real-time access to product information including SLA evaluation reports. Thus, business opportunities in wider market access, process innovation, and trustworthy food products are offered for participating supply chain companies.

Food supply chains today are characterized by fixed trade relations with long term contracts established between heterogeneous supply chain companies. Production and logistics capacities of these companies are often utilized in an economically inefficient manner only. In addition, increased consumer awareness in food safety issues renders supply chain management even more challenging, since integrated tracking and tracing along the whole food supply chain is needed. Facing these issues of supply chain management complexity and completely documented product quality, this paper proposes a full lifecycle solution for dynamic capacity markets based on concepts used in the field of Grid [1], like management of Virtual Organization (VO) combined with Service Level Agreement (SLA). The solution enables the cost-efficient utilization of real world capacities (e.g., production capacities or logistics facilities) by using a simple, browser-based portal. Users are able to enter into product-specific negotiations with buyers and suppliers of a food supply chain, and to obtain real-time access to product information including SLA evaluation reports. Thus, business opportunities in wider market access, process innovation, and trustworthy food products are offered for participating supply chain companies.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:24 August 2009
Deposited On:21 Oct 2009 07:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:22
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Number:5745
ISSN:0302-9743
ISBN:978-3-642-03863-1
Additional Information:The 6th International Workshop (Gecon2009) Grid Economics and Business Models, 6th International Workshop on Grid Economics and Business Models, GECON 2009, Delft, The Netherlands, August 24, 2009. Proceedings 2009
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-03864-8_7
Official URL:http://www.springerlink.com/content/f66x287483448151/

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