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Technological innovation in agri-food supply chains

Livio Cricelli (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy)
Roberto Mauriello (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy)
Serena Strazzullo (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 19 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to analyse how the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies can help different types of agri-food supply chains introduce and manage innovations in response to the challenges and opportunities that emerged following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic literature review methodology was used to bring together the most relevant contributions from different disciplines and provide comprehensive results on the use of I4.0 technologies in the agri-food industry.

Findings

Four technological clusters are identified, which group together the I4.0 technologies based on the applications in the agri-food industry, the objectives and the advantages provided. In addition, three types of agri-food supply chains have been identified and their configuration and dynamics have been studied. Finally, the I4.0 technologies most suited for each type of supply chain have been identified, and suggestions on how to effectively introduce and manage innovations at different levels of the supply chain are provided.

Originality/value

The study highlights how the effective adoption of I4.0 technologies in the agri-food industry depends on the characteristics of the supply chains. Technologies can be used for different purposes and managers should carefully consider the objectives to be achieved and the synergies between technologies and supply chain dynamics.

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Acknowledgements

Data availability statement: No data are associated with this article.

Competing interest statement: No competing interests were disclosed.

Grant statement: The authors declared that no grants were involved in supporting this work.

Citation

Cricelli, L., Mauriello, R. and Strazzullo, S. (2022), "Technological innovation in agri-food supply chains", British Food Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-06-2022-0490

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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