Gain in Transparency versus Investment in the EPC Network – Analysis and Results of a Discrete Event Simulation Based on a Case Study in the Fashion Industry

  • Jürgen Müller
  • Ralph Tröger
  • Alexander Zeier
  • Rainer Alt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6275)


The diffusion rate of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in supply chains is lower than expected. The main reason is the doubtful Return On Investment (ROI) mainly due to high tag prices. In this contribution, we leverage a prototypical RFID implementation in the fashion industry, extend this prototype by a discrete event simulation, and discuss the impact of an Electronic Product Code (EPC)-enabled supply chain concerning higher visibility. Thereby, we illustrate the benefit of the EPC network for Supply Chain Event Management (SCEM). Future researchers are provided with the simulation data which is available online and can be investigated.


EPC Network Supply Chain Event Management Simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Müller
    • 1
  • Ralph Tröger
    • 2
  • Alexander Zeier
    • 1
  • Rainer Alt
    • 3
  1. 1.Hasso Plattner Institute for IT Systems EngineeringPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Gerry Weber International AGHalle/WestfalenGermany
  3. 3.University of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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