Logistics of Agricultural Food Chains
Semester Taught - Spring
This course covers logistic strategy and concepts for agricultural food chains, and the techniques and tools needed to improve supply chain efficiency and solve logistics problems.
Basic skill of Math and Statistics, knowledge of farming operations
This course approaches the agricultural food chain holistically. It focuses on the distribution of food and agricultural products, including unique aspects of the food supply chain such as food safety, traceability, and sustainability. Students will use simulation models and gaming to understand some principles and their effect on the supply chain performance. After completing this course the student will:
- Identify key drivers of logistic performance such as facilities, inventory, transportation, information, sourcing, and pricing, food safety and food quality in a food chain.
- Describe the relationship and strategic importance of good logistic design, planning, and operations that characterize the supply chain.
- Apply tools at a conceptual and practical level during logistic design, planning, and operation to improve performance.
|Fedro S. Zazueta
DISAFA, University of Turin
Phone: +39 011 6708596
DISAFA, University of Turin
Phone: +39 011 6708596
Class Materials Required
There are no required texts for this class. Selected readings and other learning resources will be provided by the instructors.
- Logistics and supply chain definition, main examples description
- Characteristics of agricultural food products: low ratio value/mass, value/volume, perishability
- Competitive strategies, main drivers, main barriers to overcome for an efficient logistics
- Measuring logistics costs and performance: logistic cost analysis, activity based costs, ABC products
- Logistics and customer service/value, customer retention, standard of service and performance
- The role of IT in logistics and supply chain management
- Matching supply and demand: lead time, demand forecast, planning, MRP, JIT
- Inventory management and control: storage costs, optimal order quantity, newsvendor problem
- The value of information, supply chain integration, responsive supply chain
- Designing and planning the transportation network: transport comparison, intermodal logistics, optimal routes for transport, the role of packaging and containerization
- Machine and equipment for logistics, cold chain management
- Logistics of locally grown produce
- Logistic and transport of agricultural products and biomass
- Using technology effectively in logistics and supply chain management: RFID, Intelligent packaging, simulation modeling, advances in cold chain
- Risk perception, quality and safety in the food supply chain, quality management systems
- Sustainable supply chain and green logistics
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