Quality, safety and sustainability in food distribution: A review of quantitative operations management approaches and challenges

Renzo Akkerman*, Poorya Farahani, Martin Grunow

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Abstract

The management of food distribution networks is receiving more and more attention, both in practice and in the scientific literature. In this paper, we review quantitative operations management approaches to food distribution management, and relate this to challenges faced by the industry. Here, our main focus is on three aspects: food quality, food safety, and sustainability. We discuss the literature on three decision levels: strategic network design, tactical network planning, and operational transportation planning. For each of these, we survey the research contributions, discuss the state of the art, and identify challenges for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-904
Number of pages42
JournalOR Spectrum
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Distribution management
  • Food industry
  • Network design
  • Network planning
  • Transportation planning

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