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Matching Methods for Information Sharingwith Supply Chain Context
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En matchning av metoder för informationsdelning med distributionskedjors kontext (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The productivity and competitiveness of companies fundamentally depend on their ability to handle information. With the available technology, the opportunities to collect and utilise information are better than ever. One of the industries that has proven to benefit significantly from analysing large quantities of information is the retail industry. However, before information can be analysed it has to be obtained. This often means that information has to flow between members in a supply chain. The purpose of this study was to investigate which methods that are suitable for sharing information in different contexts between suppliers and retailers. The research was conducted as a case study within the Swedish sporting goods industry, where the information sharing relationship between one supplier and seven of its customers was investigated. The studied methods for information sharing were manual document handling, web portals and through a third-party EDI service provider. The third-party EDI solution benefits both parties. However, this method is not always applicable. If resources are scarce for both communicating parties and no technological solution for information sharing is in place, the manual document handling method is a suitable short-term solution. If one party with lots of resources frequently share information with parties that cannot afford to invest in technological information sharing solutions, a portal can be a suitable compromise to let the company that invests in the portal gain efficiency benefits while the other parties continue to manually provide information.

Abstract [sv]

Ett företags produktivitet och konkurrenskraft beror på dess förmåga att hantera information. Med

den teknik som finns tillgänglig är möjligheterna att samla in och behandla information bättre än

någonsin. En av de branscher som har visat sig ha stor nytta av att analysera stora mängder av information är detaljhandeln. Hur som helst måste informationen tas emot innan den kan analyseras. Detta innebär ofta att informationen måste flöda mellan medlemmar i en distributionskedja. Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka vilka metoder som är lämpliga för att dela information mellan leverantörer och återförsäljare. Undersökningen genomfördes som en fallstudie inom den svenska sportvaruindustrin, där informationsdelningsförhållandet mellan en leverantör och sju av dess kunder undersöktes. De studerade metoderna för informationsdelning var manuell dokumenthantering, webbportaler och genom en tredjeparts EDI-tjänst. EDI-lösningen gynnar båda parter, men är inte alltid tillämplig. Om resurserna är knappa för båda kommunicerande parter och ingen teknisk lösning för att dela information finns på plats är den manuella metoden en lämplig lösning på kort sikt. Om en part med stora resurser ofta delar information med parter som inte har möjlighet att investera i informationsdelningslösningar kan en portal vara en lämplig kompromiss. Den lösningen ger ffektivitetsvinster till företaget som investerar i portalen medan de andra parterna kan fortsätta att manuellt tillhandahålla information.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , p. 66
Keyword [en]
information sharing, information integration, supply chain, retail, data sharing, data
Keyword [sv]
informationsdelning, informationsintegrering, distributionskedja, detaljhandel, datadelning
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-199188OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-199188DiVA, id: diva2:1060430
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Available from: 2016-12-30 Created: 2016-12-28 Last updated: 2016-12-30Bibliographically approved

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