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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 198385, 9 pages
Research Article

Understanding Transferable Supply Chain Lessons and Practices to a “High-Tech” Industry Using Guidelines from a Primary Sector Industry: A Case Study in the Food Industry Supply Chain

1School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham TW20 0EX, UK
2Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada A1C 5RE
3Networking and Telecommunications Professional Services, Montreal, QC, Canada H3S 1T2

Received 31 July 2014; Revised 6 October 2014; Accepted 7 October 2014

Academic Editor: Jung-Fa Tsai

Copyright © 2015 Adrian E. Coronado Mondragon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Flexibility and innovation at creating shapes, adapting processes, and modifying materials characterize composites materials, a “high-tech” industry. However, the absence of standard manufacturing processes and the selection of materials with defined properties hinder the configuration of the composites materials supply chain. An interesting alternative for a “high-tech” industry such as composite materials would be to review supply chain lessons and practices in “low-tech” industries such as food. The main motivation of this study is to identify lessons and practices that comprise innovations in the supply chain of a firm in a perceived “low-tech” industry that can be used to provide guidelines in the design of the supply chain of a “high-tech” industry, in this case composite materials. This work uses the case study/site visit with analogy methodology to collect data from a Spanish leading producer of fresh fruit juice which is sold in major European markets and makes use of a cold chain. The study highlights supply base management and visibility/traceability as two elements of the supply chain in a “low-tech” industry that can provide guidelines that can be used in the configuration of the supply chain of the composite materials industry.