Essays on Woolworths Supply Chain Case Study

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The paper "Woolworths Supply Chain" is a wonderful example of a case study on management. SCM (Supply Chain Management) is the process by which information and materials are managed and controlled from the acquirement of raw materials to delivery. SCM is the key to many organizations' future success as well as market survival. RFID is a technology that has been embraced by different organizations in supply chain management. RFID has higher advantages than bar code technology. However, it is expensive hence many organizations are not able to embrace it currently. This paper will discuss how RFID might be applied to the supply chain of Woolworths. Woolworth’ s company backgroundWoolworths limited is one of the largest supermarkets in Australia which involves the supply of fresh produce.

Woolworths maintains more than 700 supermarkets and uses a wide range of technology in its supply chain. However, some of these technologies are very expensive hence challenging the company. Technology vendors used by Woolworths include telecommunication companies, integration specialists, and RFID tag suppliers. The aim of these vendors was to inform Woolworths on the importance of adopting RFID while Woolworths will determine which vendor is offering its services at a cheap price.

This is as a result of Woolworths having invested a lot in tagging (Goldman and Crawford, 2003). MethodologyTo ensure RFID worked effectively in Woolworths, research needs to be carried out by the project managers since it’ s a new technology. The information must be collected from the existing sources as well as the organization which has successfully adopted RFID. Project managers will use qualitative content analysis as a method of data collection. Information from relevant sources such as vendor websites, journals, and academic papers will be used.

The information will be gathered, sorted, and categorized depending on the disadvantages and advantages. Likewise, interviews will be carried out which will involve employees in companies that have embraced the technology (Hickey, 2003). Advantages of RFID technologiesRFID has various advantages to organizations that embrace it. They include the following: Automatic non-line of sight scanningRFID does not require line of sight to read its tags. Items do not require scanning which is a necessity in barcodes. This technology can be embraced by Woolworths in the sale of fruits where they won’ t require categorization.

References

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Goldman, A. and Crawford, K., (2003). “Five Myths Exposed”, Tech Centre, USA.

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Hickey, K., (2003). “RFID Grew in 2002”, Traffic World, Newark, p.20-21.

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