Integrating RFID Technology and EPC Network into a B2B Retail Supply Chain: A Step Toward Intelligent Business Processes

  • Samuel Fosso Wamba École Polytechnique of Montreal
  • Louis A. Lefebvre ePoly research center, Mathematics, École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Elisabeth Lefebvre ePoly research center, Mathematics, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Abstract

This article introduces RFID technology and the EPC Network and investigates their potential for B-to-B eCommerce supply chain management. Based on empirical data gathered from four tightly interrelated firms from three layers of a supply chain, several scenarios integrating RFID and the EPC Network have been tested and evaluated. In the context of warehousing activities in one specific retail supply chain, the results indicate that i) the business process approach seems quite appropriate to capture the real potential of RFID and the EPC Network; ii) RFID technology and the EPC Network can improve the “shipping” and the “receiving” processes; iii) they can automatically trigger some business processes; iv) they foster a higher level of information sharing between supply chain members; and v) they promote the emergence of new business processes such as “process-to-process,” “process-to-machine,” and “machine-to-machine.” The paper helps to improve our understanding of the real potential of RFID and the EPC Network for business processes.

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Author Biographies

Samuel Fosso Wamba, École Polytechnique of Montreal
Samuel Fosso Wamba, graduate with a M.Sc. in mathematics from Sherbrooke University, Quebec, Canada and a M.Sc. in e-commerce (computer science concentration) from the HEC, Montréal, Québec. He is a last year Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Engineering (Management of Technology concentration) at the Polytechnic School of Montréal. Mr. Fosso Wamba is a member of the ePoly Research Group. Samuel taught at the Centre de formation en Technologies de l'Information (CefTI) of Sherbrooke University, at the Polytechnic School of Montreal in the master's programme for management of technology and at the School of Management of Ottawa University as part-time professor in the MBA program. His research work targets the use of wireless technologies (e.g. RFID technology) as a strategic tool for supply chains optimization in the context of electronic commerce and electronic commerce in a wireless mode (m-commerce). M. Fosso Wamba is CompTIA RFID+ certified.
Louis A. Lefebvre, ePoly research center, Mathematics, École Polytechnique de Montréal
ePoly research center, Mathematics, École Polytechnique de Montréal
Elisabeth Lefebvre, ePoly research center, Mathematics, École Polytechnique de Montréal
ePoly research center, Mathematics, École Polytechnique de Montréal
Published
2007-06-15
How to Cite
Fosso Wamba, S., Lefebvre, L. A., & Lefebvre, E. (2007). Integrating RFID Technology and EPC Network into a B2B Retail Supply Chain: A Step Toward Intelligent Business Processes. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 2(2), 114-124. Retrieved from https://www.jotmi.org/index.php/GT/article/view/art49
Section
Research Articles