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The impact of inventory management on economic and environmental sustainability in the apple industry


Paam, P and Berretta, R and Heydar, M and Garcia-Flores, R, The impact of inventory management on economic and environmental sustainability in the apple industry, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 163 Article 104848. ISSN 0168-1699 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.compag.2019.06.003


This paper investigates the impact of inventory management optimization on fruit loss, and inventory and processing costs in apple supply chains. It proposes new inventory policies regarding the configuration of high-tech storage rooms, where apples are stored to meet the annual demand. Each configuration gives rise to a different set of storage room, which will preserve the apples for a specified period of time. To quantify the impact of these policies, we apply a mathematical programming model to the Australian apple industry and analyze the results for two different configurations of storage rooms: (1) a fixed number of each type of storage room and (2) a flexible arrangement in which different numbers of storage rooms of each type are active during different time periods. The comparative effectiveness of the two scenarios is investigated through a case study. The flexible configuration is found to be superior as it reduces fruit loss and total storage and processing costs by 7.7% and 1.5%, respectively, over the fixed configuration. Finally, a comprehensive sensitivity analysis of some of the parameters of the model is performed. This allows the provision of valuable insights and recommendations which empower apple industry stakeholders to improve their inventory performance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:food supply chain, inventory management, apple supply chain, food loss, mixed integer programming, sustainability
Research Division:Mathematical Sciences
Research Group:Applied mathematics
Research Field:Operations research
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Harvesting and packaging of plant products
Objective Field:Harvesting and packaging of plant products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Heydar, M (Dr Mojtaba Heydar)
ID Code:133715
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Natural Sciences
Deposited On:2019-07-08
Last Modified:2019-08-08

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