EDI and intelligent agents integration to manage food chains

Ilias Vlachos, Eleni Mangina

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    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a type of inter-organizational information system, which permits the automatic and structured communication of data between organizations. Although EDI is used for internal communication, its main application is in facilitating closer collaboration between organizational entities, e.g. suppliers, credit institutions, and transportation carriers. This study illustrates how agent technology can be used to solve real food supply chain inefficiencies and optimise the logistics network. For instance, we explain how agribusiness companies can use agent technology in association with EDI to collect data from retailers, group them into meaningful categories, and then perform different functions. As a result, the distribution chain can be managed more efficiently. Intelligent agents also make available timely data to inventory management resulting in reducing stocks and tied capital. Intelligent agents are adoptive to changes so they are valuable in a dynamic environment where new products or partners have entered into the supply chain. This flexibility gives agent technology a relative advantage which, for pioneer companies, can be a competitive advantage. The study concludes with recommendations and directions for further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event3rd International Workshop on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems (SCMIS) - Thessaloniki, Greece
    Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


    Conference3rd International Workshop on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems (SCMIS)
    Period1/01/05 → …
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