Quotation Fikar, Christian, Leithner, Magdalena. 2020. A decision support system to facilitate collaborative supply of food cooperatives. Production Planning and Control. 1-12.




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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Production Planning and Control
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-C, WH-B
Language English
Title A decision support system to facilitate collaborative supply of food cooperatives
Year 2020
Page from 1
Page to 12
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1796135
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1796135
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1796135


Incorporating food quality in e-grocery logistics optimization
Fikar, Christian (Former researcher)
Leithner, Magdalena (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria)
Institute for Production Management (Taudes) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1112 Logistics (Details)
5347 Operations research (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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