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Towards Next Generation Tracking & Tracing

Towards Next Generation Tracking & Tracing
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Author(s): Kai Jakobs (Technical University of Aachen, Germany), Graham Spinardi (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland), Robin Williams (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland), Ian Graham (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland) and Ashley Lloyd (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 3
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch041

Abstract

Distribution is no longer about moving cargo over road or via air from A to B, but is a complex process based on intelligent systems for sorting, planning, routing, and consolidation that supports faster transportation, different transportation modes, fallback scenarios in case of failures, value added services such as time sensitive deliveries and tracing of products throughout the supply chain or transport network. Many large logistics companies have developed solutions for delivering these services in order to meet the requirements of their customers and to improve their services. Whereas larger companies have developed solutions for delivering these services in order to meet the requirements of their customers and to improve their services. Smaller companies, however, cannot afford these investments and are mainly active in the ‘old’ point-to-point transportation market, or co-operate with the larger companies, using their respective systems.

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