Designing New Supply Chain Networks: Tomato and Mango Case Studies

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Consumers expect product availability as well as product quality and safety in retail outlets. When designing or re-designing fruit and vegetables supply chain networks one has to take these demands into consideration next to traditional efficiency and responsiveness requirements. In food science literature, much attention has been paid to the development of Time-Temperature Indicators to monitor individually the temperature conditions of food products throughout distribution as well as quality decay models that are able to predict product quality based upon this information. This chapter discusses opportunities to improve the design and management of fruit and vegetables supply chain networks. If product quality in each step of the supply chain can be predicted in advance, good flows can be controlled in a pro-active manner and better chain designs can be established resulting in higher product availability, higher product quality, and less product losses in retail. This chapter works towards a preliminary diagnostic instrument, which can be used to assess supply chain networks on QCL (Quality Controlled Logistics). Findings of two exploratory case studies, one on the tomato chain and one on the mango chain, are presented to illustrate the value of this concept. Results show the opportunities and bottlenecks for quality controlled logistics depend on product—(e.g. variability in quality), process—(e.g. ability to use containers and sort on quality), network- (e.g. current level of cooperation), and market characteristics (e.g. higher prices for better products).
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationHorticulture: Plants for People and Places
EditorsG.R. Dixon, D.E. Aldous
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Science + Business Media
Pages485-502
Number of pages599
ISBN (Print)9789401785778
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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van der Vorst, J. G. A. J., Schouten, R. E., Luning, P. A., & van Kooten, O. (2014). Designing New Supply Chain Networks: Tomato and Mango Case Studies. In G. R. Dixon, & D. E. Aldous (Eds.), Horticulture: Plants for People and Places (pp. 485-502). Dordrecht: Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8578-5_14
van der Vorst, J.G.A.J. ; Schouten, R.E. ; Luning, P.A. ; van Kooten, O. / Designing New Supply Chain Networks: Tomato and Mango Case Studies. Horticulture: Plants for People and Places. editor / G.R. Dixon ; D.E. Aldous. Dordrecht : Springer Science + Business Media, 2014. pp. 485-502
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Designing New Supply Chain Networks: Tomato and Mango Case Studies. / van der Vorst, J.G.A.J.; Schouten, R.E.; Luning, P.A.; van Kooten, O.

Horticulture: Plants for People and Places. ed. / G.R. Dixon; D.E. Aldous. Dordrecht : Springer Science + Business Media, 2014. p. 485-502.

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van der Vorst JGAJ, Schouten RE, Luning PA, van Kooten O. Designing New Supply Chain Networks: Tomato and Mango Case Studies. In Dixon GR, Aldous DE, editors, Horticulture: Plants for People and Places. Dordrecht: Springer Science + Business Media. 2014. p. 485-502 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8578-5_14