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Investigating crowd logistics platform operations for local food distribution

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Cramer, Florian ; Fikar, Christian:
Investigating crowd logistics platform operations for local food distribution.
In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management. (2023) .
ISSN 1758-6690

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Short food supply chains have the potential to facilitate the transition to more sustainable food systems. Related distribution processes, however, can be challenging for smallholder and family farmers. To extend the market reach of farmers without the need for extensive investments, crowd logistics (CL) can be used. The purpose of this paper is to explore the benefits and trade-offs of implementing CL platforms in short food supply chains (SFSCs).

A decision support system (DSS) based on agent-based and discrete event simulation (DES) modelling is developed, which closely approximates the behaviour of customers and distribution processes at outlets. Different scenarios are explored to evaluate the potential of CL in rural and urban settings using the example of regions from Bavaria, Germany.

Results show that CL can be used to increase the reach of farmers in SFSCs at the cost of minor food quality losses. Moreover, a difference between urban and rural settings is noted: An urban scenario requires less investment in the driver base, whereas the rural scenario shows a higher potential to increase market reach.

Platform-based food delivery services are still mostly unexplored in the context of SFSCs. This research shows that platform services such as CL can be used to support local agriculture and facilitate the distribution of perishable food items, introducing a simulation-based DSS and providing detailed results on various application settings; this research serves as a steppingstone to facilitate successful real-world implementations and encourage further research.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Short food supply chains; Alternative food networks; Agri-food chains; Crowd logistics; Platform services; Decision support system; Hybrid simulation modelling
Institutions of the University: 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 > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications, transportation
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2023 06:23
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2023 06:23