Operational model for planning the harvest and distribution of perishable agricultural products

Omar Ahumada, Jesus Villalobos

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Abstract

This paper presents an operational model that generates short term planning decisions for the fresh produce industry. In particular, the application developed helps the grower to maximize his revenues by making production and distribution decisions during the harvest season. The main motivation for this model comes from the fact that the profitability of producers is highly dependent on the handling of short term planning in the harvest season. Some of the factors affecting profitability include the management of labor costs, the preservation of the value of perishable crops, and the use transportation modes that provide the best trade-off between time (quality of products) and cost. These issues are interrelated, and their judicious management is fundamental for attaining good financial results. The results of the proposed planning model indicate that significant savings can be obtained by managing the trade-off of the freshness at the delivery of the product with the added labor and transportation cost at the growers side. Moreover the results also show that dynamic, information based, management practices might be preferred over traditional practices based in fixed labor allocation and distribution practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-687
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Volume133
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 10 2011

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Agricultural products
Personnel
Planning
Profitability
Costs
Crops
Harvest
Industry
Short-term planning
Labour costs

Keywords

  • Agricultural logistics
  • Agricultural planning
  • Mixed integer programming
  • Operational planning
  • Perishable products

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Operational model for planning the harvest and distribution of perishable agricultural products. / Ahumada, Omar; Villalobos, Jesus.

In: International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 133, No. 2, 10.10.2011, p. 677-687.

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