An RFID-Based Tracing and Tracking System for the Fresh Vegetables Supply Chain

Luca Mainetti, Francesca Mele, Luigi Patrono, Francesco Simone, Maria Laura Stefanizzi, Roberto Vergallo
2013 International Journal of Antennas and Propagation  
The paper presents an innovative gapless traceability system able to improve the main business processes of the fresh vegetables supply chain. The performed analysis highlighted some critical aspects in the management of the whole supply chain, from the land to the table of the end consumer, and allowed us to reengineer the most important processes. In particular, the first steps of the supply chain, which include cultivation in greenhouses and manufacturing of packaged vegetables, were
more » ... . The re-engineered model was designed by exploiting the potentialities derived from the combined use of innovative Radio Frequency technologies, such as RFID and NFC, and important international standards, such as EPCglobal. The proposed tracing and tracking system allows the end consumer to know the complete history of the purchased product. Furthermore, in order to evaluate the potential benefits of the reengineered processes in a real supply chain, a pilot project was implemented in an Italian food company, which produces ready-to-eat vegetables, known asIV gammaproducts. Finally, some important metrics have been chosen to carry out the analysis of the potential benefits derived from the use of the re-engineered model.
doi:10.1155/2013/531364 fatcat:ywbeidrwunghzlcfwswg3mkmri