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A case analysis of a sustainable food supply chain distribution system – a multi-objective approach

Validi, Sahar, Bhattacharya, Arijit and Byrne, P.J. orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-4446-1509 (2014) A case analysis of a sustainable food supply chain distribution system – a multi-objective approach. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 152 . pp. 71-87. ISSN 0925-5273

Sustainable supply chain management is a topical area which is continuing to grow and evolve. Within supply chains, downstream distribution from producers to customers plays a significant role in the environmental performance of production supply chains. With consumer consciousness growing in the area of sustainable food supply, food distribution needs to embrace and adapt to improve its environmental performance, while still remaining economically competitive. With a particular focus on the dairy industry, a robust solution approach is presented for the design of a capacitated distribution network for a two-layer supply chain involved in the distribution of milk in Ireland. In particular the green multi-objective optimisation model minimises CO2 emissions from transportation and total costs in the distribution chain. These distribution channels are analysed to ensure the non-dominated solutions are distributed along the Pareto fronts. A multi-attribute decision-making approach, TOPSIS, has been used to rank the realistic feasible transportation routes resulting from the trade-offs between total costs and CO2 emissions. The refined realistic solution space allows the decision-makers to geographically locate the sustainable transportation routes. In addition to geographical mapping the decision maker is also presented with a number of alternative analysed scenarios which forcibly open closed distribution routes to build resiliency into the solution approach. In terms of model performance, three separate GA based optimisers have been evaluated and reported upon. In the case presented NSGA-II was found to outperform its counterparts of MOGA-II and HYBRID.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Food supply chain distribution; Dairy market case analysis; Sustainable distribution routes; Multi-objective approach; Scenario analysis
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2014.02.003
Copyright Information:© 2015 Elsevier
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20871
Deposited On:23 Oct 2015 10:48 by Pj Byrne . Last Modified 25 Nov 2020 13:29

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