Potentials for Savings by Implementing RFID and Telematic Technologies in the Timber and Biomass Supply Chain
Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF,
Sandtorstrasse 22, DE39106 Magdeburg, Germany
e-mail: Ina.Ehrhardt@iff.fraunhofer.de; Holger Seidel@iff.fraunhofer.de;
While RFID and telematic technologies already enjoy wide implementation among retailers and logistics providers, their use in timber and biomass logistics is still in a phase of initial testing and pilot projects. Implementable technologies provide cross-organizational functionalities and facilitate the optimization of the supply chain ‘from the forest to the factory’. Naturally, timber and biomass supply processes confront logistics with special challenges. Moreover, there are constraints and a need for further developments. Nonetheless, these technologies have been effectively and successfully implemented in a number of projects. The standardization of information technology will be a fundamental prerequisite for the acceptance of RFID and telematic technologies.