Floricultural Supply Chain Network Design and Control: Developments and Research Challenges

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The floricultural sector is facing market developments that have forced a redesign of the European logistics network. Via workshops and interviews with key stakeholders the main developments and industry needs are identified. These are then summarised in three central themes that require further investigation, i.e. decision problems (e.g. network design and control), context factors (e.g. demand uncertainty and product perishability), and objectives (e.g. efficiency and product quality). Thereafter, 17 articles that review Supply Chain Management (SCM) research are analysed to obtain more insight into the state-of-the-art on these themes and to identify the main issues within the themes and their interrelationships. This resulted in a conceptual research framework in which particular attention is given to how decision problems could be modelled and solved in order to get quantitative insights into the impact of logistics network redesign. Successively, 71 SCM articles were analysed in depth to classify current SCM research and to determine research gaps and challenges. Results show that Floricultural SCM research challenges can be found in integrated, quality-driven and responsive network design and control using hybrid optimisation and simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-81
JournalJournal on Chain and Network Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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