Traceability and Supply Chain Management


This course are presented the fundamentals principles of retailing logistics in fresh food supply chains and the associated traceability systems highlighting the role of traceability systems ensuring food safety and optimising business performance. Following, are analysed techniques of building traceability systems, including modelling and the process information and tracing analytical measurements. Finally are presented modern traceability technologies such as DNA markers, electronic tagging of farm animals, storing and transmitting traceability data techniques and different data carrier technologies such as barcoding, EAN.UCC numbering system, RFID, EPC.

Learning objectives

This course will be focused on scientific achievement, acquisition of knowledge and enhancement of comprehension of information regarding food supply chain in fresh food industry and the essential traceability systems for fresh food tracking and tracing.

The master degree students completing this course will be able to:

  • Comprehend the way that fresh food retailing supply chains and traceability systems are structured.
  • Have a good knowledge of traceability legislation
  • Detail the traceability requirements of Regulation 178/2002 for all foods and those for specific foods
  • Able to build or/and adjust a traceability system
  • Show how product identification and management of information facilitates traceability
1STIntroduction in fresh food retailing and logistics (Xanthopoulos)
2NDFundamentals of food traceability systems (Xanthopoulos)
3RDRetail leadership in fresh food channels (Xanthopoulos)
4THFresh food retail logistics (Xanthopoulos)
5THHistory of food traceability – traceability laws in EU (Xanthopoulos)
6THDeveloping traceability systems across the food supply chain: an overview (Xanthopoulos)
7THOptimising supply chains using traceability systems (Xanthopoulos)
8THBuilding traceability systems – Modelling food supply chains for tracking and tracing
9THBuilding traceability systems – Traceability of analytical measurements
10THTraceability technologies – DNA markers for animal and plant traceability
11THTraceability technologies – Electronic identification, DNA profiling and traceability of farm animals (RFID) (Arvanitis, Loukatos)
12THTraceability technologies -Storing and transmitting traceability data across the food supply chain. (Arvanitis, Loukatos)
13THTraceability technologies – Data carriers for traceability (barcoding, EAN.UCC numbering system, RFID, EPC) (Arvanitis, Loukatos).


1. Case study – Benefits of traceability in fruits* supply chain – case study (*chose one fruit)
2. Case study – Benefits of traceability in vegetables* supply chain – case study (*chose one vegetable)

Exams, marking and student assessment

Assignments (two): 60%, Written exams: 40%