Database Usage in Food Warehouses

by Renee L
In their article “An RFRS that Combines RFID and CBR Technologies,” Lao, Choy, Ho, and Yam propose a technology for global concerns in food safety management. This new technology is called real-time food receiving operations management systems (RFRS), and it combines the use of case based reasoning (CBR) and radio frequency identification technology (RFID). The CBR technology is used to retrieve and analyze data that is stored in a database and case library, and the RFID technology is used to gather real-time inventory data and oversee inventories, equipment, and operations. These technologies help improve food reception operations in many ways. With the CBR technology, businesses can easily see the data of the flow, therefore, they can make better decisions. CBR easily captures and sorts data for better decision-making. Taken from the article, a picture of a company’s database is shown below. This example shows that the CBR allows them to easily see and grab information for each activity.

In addition, these technologies help the business’s operations become more efficient by helping them save time, and prevent any faulty flow, therefore, they improve quality and customer service.

In relation to the class, this article talks about database and database management and the many benefits it offers. As discussed in the beginning of the quarter, using a database has many advantages, such as improved data consistency, improved data sharing, improved data quality, improved decision support, etc. This article explains that, with the use of databases, business operations are more efficient and effective. This article also relates to the projects we’ve done in class, such as Project 1. Taken from the article, an example of an EER diagram used in a food reception business is shown below.

This article was interesting to read because it has shown me real life business applications of what I have learned from the class. It was nice to see a real life example of a data model and database, and how it is implemented in different types of businesses, such as food reception.


Lao, S. I., Choy, K. L., Ho, G. T. S., & Yam, R. C. M. (2012). An rfrs that combines rfid and cbr technologies. Esmerald112(3), 385-404. Retrieved from


2 thoughts on “Database Usage in Food Warehouses

  • June 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Hopefully technology like this can be better used to make more transparent the handling of food to consumers; a lot of consumers nowadays are more concerned than ever with health risks in the proper handling of foods (e.g., types of meat used in processing food), hopefully these technologies implemented can put at ease many consumers worried about these kinds of things.

  • June 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    What a cool concept! Another feature I’ve seen was a set of temperature displays for separate food containers, so that a large food warehousing or processing facility only needs one person to monitor the well-being of all the separate areas for storing food.

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