An Operational Planning Model to Support First Mile Logistics for Small Fresh-Produce Growers

Álvaro M. Majluf-Manzur, Rosa Guadalupe González, Raimundo A. Velasco-Paredes, J. Rene Villalobos

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Abstract

In this work, we propose a hierarchical optimization model to support harvest and local routing decisions of fresh agricultural products. The proposed model has been motivated by the fact that small growers of fresh produce very often face difficulties in terms of availability of local (or first-mile) logistics at reasonable prices which results in lower profit margins and more food waste. So, in order to reduce the cost of first-mile logistics they can co-ordinate the consolidation of the harvests from different growers to send their products to the packing facility. Hence, we integrate harvesting and routing operations for a set of small growers with the aim to reduce their operational costs. The proposed framework has been implemented and preliminary evaluated with some instances considering as case study farmers of fresh produce in the central region of Chile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduction Research - 10th International Conference of Production Research - Americas, ICPR-Americas 2020, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsDaniel Alejandro Rossit, Fernando Tohmé, Gonzalo Mejía Delgadillo
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages205-219
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030763091
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event10th International Conference of Production Research - Americas, ICPR-Americas 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 9 Dec 202011 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1408 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

Conference

Conference10th International Conference of Production Research - Americas, ICPR-Americas 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period9/12/2011/12/20

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Keywords

  • First mile logistics
  • Harvesting and distribution planning
  • Small fresh-produce growers

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