A Review on Quantitative Models for Sustainable Food Logistics Management

M. Soysal, J.M. Bloemhof-Ruwaard, M.P.M. Meuwissen, J.G.A.J. van der Vorst


The last two decades food logistics systems have seen the transition from a focus on traditional supply chain management to food supply chain management, and successively, to sustainable food supply chain management. The main aim of this study is to identify key logistical aims in these three phases and analyse currently available quantitative models to point out modelling challenges in sustainable food logistics management (SFLM). A literature review on quantitative studies is conducted and also qualitative studies are consulted to understand the key logistical aims more clearly and to identify relevant system scope issues. Results show that research on SFLM has been progressively developing according to the needs of the food industry. However, the intrinsic characteristics of food products and processes have not yet been handled properly in the identified studies. The majority of the works reviewed have not contemplated on sustainability problems, apart from a few recent studies. Therefore, the study concludes that new and advanced quantitative models are needed that take specific SFLM requirements from practice into consideration to support business decisions and capture food supply chain dynamics.


Food logistics management; Sustainability; Quantitative models; Key performance indicators; Literature review

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18461/ijfsd.v3i2.324

ISSN 1869-6945


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