A decision support system to facilitate collaborative supply of food cooperatives

Fikar, Christian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3885-9307 and Leithner, Magdalena (2020) A decision support system to facilitate collaborative supply of food cooperatives. Production Planning and Control, 32 (14). pp. 1179-1190. ISSN 1366-5871

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Abstract

Food cooperatives are gaining popularity due to consumers’ desire to eat healthy and source locally. Mainly run by private citizens, such groups present an interesting additional income source to regional organic farmers. However, small order quantities and substantial logistics efforts challenge operations. To facilitate efficient and sustainable food transports from farms to food cooperatives, this work investigates impacts of collaborative logistics activities through the development of a simulation and optimization-based decision support system. Results of computational experiments considering fresh food transports in Austria highlight potentials of such joint activities. Particularly, if orders are infrequent and quantities small, collaboration results in a substantial reduction of travel distances and reduces the number of required vehicles. Nevertheless, delivered food quality may deteriorate as consolidating shipments results in longer travel durations as well as additional loading and unloading activities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was financially supported at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, by the program Mobility of the Future [grant number 859 148], an initiative of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.
Keywords: Food cooperatives; decisionsupport; operationsresearch; food logistics; collaboration
Divisions: Departments > Wirtschaftsinformatik u. Operations Mgmt > Produktionsmanagement > Taudes
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 09:01
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 12:36
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/96118/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7694

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