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Simulating the impact of occasional drivers on food distribution in alternative food networks

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Cramer, Florian ; Fikar, Christian:
Simulating the impact of occasional drivers on food distribution in alternative food networks.
2022
Event: International Conference on Operations Research - OR 2022 , 06.-09.09.2022 , Karlsruhe, Germany.
(Conference item: Conference , Speech )

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This work considers the use of occasional drivers (ODs) to perform physical distribution for perishable food in short food supply chains (SFSCs). Any breach in the cold chain can have detrimental effects on the items’ value as well as on food quality and safety. The use of everyday people, ODs, whose vehicles usually do not offer cold storage options, thus presents a potential economic and environmental threat. This work develops a decision support system (DSS) based on agent-based and discrete event simulation modelling to explore the use of ODs for last-mile physical distribution of perishable food items sold by local farmers. The DSS enables one to study the potential increase in farmer’s market reach and related trade-offs such as food quality loss and an increase in kilometres travelled. Results show that the effects depend on the population setting (urban versus rural). The use of ODs in a rural setting leads to a bigger increase in farmer’s market reach. The impact on kilometres travelled depends on when and where the ODs start participating. When only considering shoppers the travel distance increases, whereas when considering shoppers and nonshoppers the distance can be decreased. In general, the use of ODs for last-mile food distribution can hold a significant potential to increase smallholder farmers’ market reach within alternative food networks.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: No
Keywords: crowd logistics; alternative food networks; occasional drivers; short food supply chains; hybrid simulation
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health
Faculties > Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health > Chair Food Supply Chain Management
Faculties > Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health > Chair Food Supply Chain Management > Chair Food Supply Chain Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Fikar
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications, transportation
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2022 07:40
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2022 07:40
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/71765