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Analysis Of Food Hub Commerce And Participation Using Agent-Based Modeling: Integrating Financial And Social Drivers, Caroline C. Krejci, Richard Stone, Michael Dorneich, Stephen B. Gilbert Feb 2016

Analysis Of Food Hub Commerce And Participation Using Agent-Based Modeling: Integrating Financial And Social Drivers, Caroline C. Krejci, Richard Stone, Michael Dorneich, Stephen B. Gilbert

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Objective: Factors influencing long-term viability of an intermediated regional food supply network (food hub) were modeled using agent-based modeling techniques informed by interview data gathered from food hub participants.

Background: Previous analyses of food hub dynamics focused primarily on financial drivers rather than social factors and have not used mathematical models.

Method: Based on qualitative and quantitative data gathered from 22 customers and 11 vendors at a midwestern food hub, an agent-based model (ABM) was created with distinct consumer personas characterizing the range of consumer priorities. A comparison study determined if the ABM behaved differently than a model based on ...


Improving Regional Food Hub Operational Efficiency With Lean Practices, Anuj Mittal, Michelle Zugg, Caroline Krejci Jan 2016

Improving Regional Food Hub Operational Efficiency With Lean Practices, Anuj Mittal, Michelle Zugg, Caroline Krejci

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Food hubs aggregate and distribute regionally-produced food and help small and mid-sized farmers find markets for their products. They provide a valuable service as an intermediary between consumers and farmers who value sustainable food systems. However, their internal operations are often highly inefficient, and as a result they struggle to meet their customers’ expectations. To maintain low operational costs, food hubs often depend upon volunteer labor. However, an inconsistent and improperly trained volunteer labor force can lead to inventory and order fulfillment errors. Additionally, because many food hubs are unable to afford sophisticated inventory management software, they employ ad-hoc methods ...