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Sustainable Supply Chain Management : Cases and Models of RFID and Information Systems use in Green Logistics

Sustainable Supply Chain Management : Cases and Models of RFID and Information Systems use in Green Logistics
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Author(s): Iskra Dukovska-Popovska (Aalborg University, Denmark), Malcolm Bertoni (University of Tasmania, Australia), Hans-Henrik Hvolby (Centre for Logistics, Aalborg University, Denmark), Paul Turner (University of Tasmania, Australia) and Kenn Steger-Jensen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 17
Source title: Corporate Environmental Management Information Systems: Advancements and Trends
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Frank Teuteberg (University of Osnabrueck, Germany) and Jorge Marx Gomez (University of Oldenburg, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-981-1.ch023

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Abstract

Integrating environmental considerations into supply-chain management has become an increasingly important issue for industry, government and academic researchers. Supply chain managers are being required to respond to the challenges of new legislation, standards and regulations; changing customer demands; drivers for efficiency, cost effectiveness and return on investment; while simultaneously being ‘green’. The fundamental tension between business and environmental drivers is difficult, but critical to understanding how to effectively re-engineer and re-design existing supply chains in a manner that is sustainable both financially and environmentally. Information systems have a significant role to play in supporting corporate responses to environmental management and the development of holistic green logistic solutions. This chapter examines contemporary discussions on the current state of sustainable supply-chain management and green logistics. It presents a case study from the Fujitsu Corporation in Japan and explores models of information systems and RFID use in green logistics. Combining insights from the case and existing models the chapter explores an example of how a combined model can be used to explore the potential of a specific emerging technology (RFIDs) in ‘greening’ supply chains.

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