A Hybrid Simulation Model of Inbound Logistics Operations in Regional Food Supply SystemsProceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference
Document TypeConference Proceeding
Publication VersionAccepted Manuscript
Link to Published Versionhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2015.7408276
Conference TitleWinter Simulation Conference (WSC), 2015
Conference DateDecember 6-9, 2015
AbstractRegional food hubs aggregate, distribute, and market local food, with a goal of promoting environmental and social sustainability. They provide an alternative distribution channel through which small-scale producers can access wholesale markets. However, food hubs face many barriers to growth and success. In particular, they are often unable to achieve the logistical and operational efficiencies that characterize conventional large-scale food distribution. One possible method of improving food hub efficiency targets inbound logistics operations - specifically, the scheduling of producer deliveries to the food hub. In this paper, we describe a hybrid simulation model of the inbound logistics operations of a food hub. Using this model, we observe the scheduling behavior of the producers under different conditions and explore the effectiveness of implementing incentives to encourage producers to schedule their deliveries in advance.
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Citation InformationAnuj Mittal and Caroline C. Krejci. "A Hybrid Simulation Model of Inbound Logistics Operations in Regional Food Supply Systems" Huntington Beach, CAProceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference (2015)
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