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Improving Upstream Supply-Chain Efficiencies in the Wine Industry: Leveraging the use of Mobile Devices via a Wireless Network.

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Intellectual Contribution by Sameer Verma

Contribution Title

Improving Upstream Supply-Chain Efficiencies in the Wine Industry: Leveraging the use of Mobile Devices via a Wireless Network.

Conference

Global Business Development Institute Conference

Year

2003

Description

Supply chain issues as applied to wine industries worldwide relate to downstream chains of wholesale and retail distribution. These approaches, based on B2B and B2C e-commerce, have been applied successfully. However, the upstream side of the supply chain, which involves viticulture, enology, field management, real-time and time-delayed data collection, has been neglected. Data on weather elements are obtained from third-party weather reports and field personnel often collect field data on environmental sustainability and productivity manually. This paper addresses the issues in two parts. First, it identifies areas in which supply chain processes can be streamlined. Next, it proposes a framework for automated and semi-automated data collection via synchronous and asynchronous methods. This framework is based on the use of mobile devices operating on the IEEE 802.11b standard. This framework is reinforced by the general topographical characteristics of viticulture. Similar studies conducted in other agricultural sectors have proved to be very successful.

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