Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
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Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference
Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), 2015
December 6-9, 2015
Huntington Beach, CA
Regional 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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Mittal, Anuj and Krejci, Caroline C., "A Hybrid Simulation Model of Inbound Logistics Operations in Regional Food Supply Systems" (2015). Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters. 51.