RFID Journal LIVE! 2014SessionsReducing Costs in the Fresh Food Supply Chain With RFID

Reducing Costs in the Fresh Food Supply Chain With RFID

Pre Conference Session
Researchers at the University of Parma's RFID Lab have been examining the impact of pallet- and case-level RFID deployments in the fresh food supply chain, with a focus on retail stores. While tracking the flow of highly perishable fresh foods from different manufacturers through the distribution channel to three supercenters of a major retailer, researchers discovered that out-of-stocks are an element of a wider issue: a store's overall stock-management policy. Some store managers keep low stocks on store shelves and in the back room, while others maintain high inventory levels. Neither policy is optimal, and as a result, customers often find a quantity of perishable foods but not necessarily the quality—or freshness—they would like. Learn how the use of RFID can reduce product shrinkage, which can impact as much as 5 percent of store turnover for fresh products.


  • Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D.
    Full Professor - Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    University of Parma