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Choosing between centralized and decentralized logistics for food banks in the region Twente-Salland.

Rienstra, Wessel (2021) Choosing between centralized and decentralized logistics for food banks in the region Twente-Salland.

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Abstract:A food bank is a charitable, autonomous organization that supports low-income families in its vicinity by distributing food packages free of charge. These packages are assembled with mostly donated products from companies and organizations. The region Twente-Salland counts eleven food banks and one regional distribution centre (RDC). The RDC functions as a warehouse where donated food is stored and divided into orders for the food banks. Depending on its size, a food bank transport orders from the RDC up to three times per week using its transport resources (i.e., small trucks that transport three to six pallets). Due to the economic consequences of the Covid-19 virus, food banks expected an increase in demand as more families would become eligible for support. To be prepared for this increase, food banks wanted to improve their logistics through collaboration. In particular, they proposed a collective transport network for products from the RDC that would supply all food banks in the region and that would be able to handle an increase in product volume of 50%. This network would fall under the responsibility of the RDC and would be performed with a large truck that is currently not at the disposal of the food banks. Food banks lack the capabilities to investigate if a collective transport network would actually operate more efficiently than the current transport network. To solve this problem, a quantitative analysis of the performance of the current transport network and the performance of a future collective transport network is performed in this thesis. Thereby aiming to answer the following research question: What are the needs to promote transport collaboration via a collective transport network among food banks in the region Twente-Salland?
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Voedselbanken Nederland, Almelo, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
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