The purpose of this paper is to propose a collaborative tracking and tracing (T&T) system that enables supply chain actors to join and leave the system in run-time without disrupting the function of the system.
A collaborative T&T system is introduced using a conceptual approach. Supporting empirical data are collected through a deductive case study of a Swedish automotive supply chain.
A collaborative T&T system based on composite and observer design patterns is an appropriate solution for inter-organizational T&T.
This research contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of logistics T&T. The conceptually developed collaborative T&T system needs to be validated empirically.
The collaborative T&T system developed conceptually here could be used as a model for the practical development of inter-organizational T&T systems.
The introduction of a collaborative T&T system, adopting the theories of software engineering and product data management, represents an original contribution to the field of T&T in logistics and transportation.
Mirzabeiki, V., Holmström, J. and Främling, K. (2014), "Collaborative tracking and tracing: the value of a composite design", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 522-536. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-07-2012-0056
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