Perishable goods are a fundamental source of revenue for the retail sector; their management, however, constitutes a severe challenge for retailers and supply chain partners. A significant cost in particular is the fraction of products perished through the supply chain, which also constitutes an ethical and environmental concern. Supply chain organisation and operative characteristics have a significant influence on this matter, as in fact ensuring suitable temperature conditions for the stock-keeping units throughout the supply chain is mandatory for perishable products. Recent developments in sensing and communication technologies allow detailed monitoring and control of cold chain; however, depending on the characteristics of the supply chain, an inherent risk of perished products is often inevitable, even in the hypothesis of perfect control. This article proposes a methodology to evaluate the performance of a cold chain in terms of expected product quality at the retail store, and to estimate the expected fraction of perished products, according to the supply chain configuration. The approach is based on Monte Carlo simulation, and implements referenced shelf-life models. A real application is also presented, involving a preliminary analysis and mapping of the supply chain activities based on time-temperature data, in order to demonstrate the practicability of the approach proposed.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Titolo:||Simulation analysis of cold chain performance based on time–temperature data|
|Autori:||Aiello, G; La Scalia, G; Micale, R|
|Tipologia:||Articolo su rivista|
|Citazione:||Aiello, G., La Scalia, G., & Micale, R. (2012). Simulation analysis of cold chain performance based on time–temperature data. PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL, 1.|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|