Mining logistics data to assure the quality in a sustainable food supply chain: A case in the red wine industry

S. L. Ting, Y. K. Tse, G. T.S. Ho, Sai Ho Chung, G. Pang

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In recent years, food supply chains have faced increased quality risk, caused by the extended global supply chain and increased consumer demands on quality and safety. Given the concern regarding quality sustainability in the food supply chain, much attention is being paid to continuous planning and monitoring of quality assurance practices in the supply chain network. In this research, we propose a supply chain quality sustainability decision support system (QSDSS), adopting association rule mining and Dempster's rule of combination techniques. The aim of QSDSS is to support managers in food manufacturing firms to define good logistics plans in order to maintain the quality and safety of food products. We conduct a case study of a Hong Kong red wine company in order to illustrate the applicability and effectiveness of QSDSS. Implications of the proposed approach are discussed, and suggestions for future work are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-209
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Association rule
  • Quality sustainability
  • Supply chain quality
  • Wine industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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