The impact of dual sourcing on food supply chain networks: the case of Egyptian strawberries

Roberto Rossi, Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Abstract

Supply chain management for fresh produce differs significantly from that of other products. The key difference consists in the fact that, for fresh produce, quality plays a key role in consumer selection behavior. Maintaining product quality along the distribution chain is therefore of utmost importance in these chains. Dual sourcing is a common practice adopted in supply chain management for enhancing sourcing flexibility and reducing transportation costs. This work investigates the impact of dual sourcing strategies on quality of fresh fruit traded in international food supply chains. By means of a discrete-event simulation model we investigate dual sourcing in the context of a prototype supply chain that mimics the structure and the operating conditions of a real supply chain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management (WICaNeM 2012)
PublisherWageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventThe 11th Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management (WICaNeM 2012) - Wageningen, Netherlands
Duration: 23 May 201225 May 2012

Conference

ConferenceThe 11th Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management (WICaNeM 2012)
CountryNetherlands
CityWageningen
Period23/05/1225/05/12

Keywords

  • dual-sourcing
  • food supply chains
  • quality

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