Simulation modelling and analysis of fresh agri-food supply chain configuration: the case of Arusha city in Tanzania
by Martin Mathias Dome; Sadananda Prusty
International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (IJBPIM), Vol. 10, No. 2, 2020

Abstract: This study achieved threefold objectives: analyse the existing supply chain (SC) configuration of fresh agri-food supply chain (AFSC), apply simulation technique to SC configuration and evaluate it. Primary data were collected on arrival of consignment from suppliers seeking timely-accurate services. For the departure to other designated distribution points, the data were collected concurrently and were triangulated with secondary data. The methodology involved building a simulation model based on SIMUL8 Professional and the input data were run as part of studying the largest market. The findings include: fresh AFSC has a defined configuration that results from doing 'business as usual' and informally; the configuration is marked by inefficiencies viz. time wastage and underutilisation of personnel and tools/workstations) of the central market posing a bottleneck in the whole SC in meeting the time-sensitive performance criterion. These findings suggest for restructuring-interventions, formalising business practices and future large-scale simulation studies in AFSC to improve performance.

Online publication date: Thu, 19-Aug-2021

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