Purpose This paper evaluates the feasibility and benefits of a local food distribution system, which connects farmers and restaurant owners from a logistics perspective. This paper considers a platform to improve operations and investigates various schemes for delivering locally produced food to restaurants using a food hub. Design/methodology/approach To compare distribution scenarios and derive managerial implications, a simulation model has been developed and executed in Matlab 2019a (c). The model evaluates various settings of business connections between farmers and restaurateurs. Findings Results of computational experiments highlight great potentials of such a system, particularly to reduce travel distances. To obtain these positive externalities, the local system requires specific attention during the design of logistical aspects and needs to be planned following a specific structure. Practical implications The developed simulation model can be used to improve understanding of related short food supply chains by analyzing specific cases where the main actors involved differ in terms of type, number, and location. Originality/value The paper analyzes the feasibility and the effects of a new distribution system that can connect supply chain actors directly. The analyses focus on logistics aspects, a topic that is often neglected in sustainable consumption research. Furthermore, the paper does not focus of a single case study but develops a customizable model to be used in various settings.
Locally produced food for restaurants: a theoretical approach for the supply chain network design / Paciarotti, C.; Mazzuto, G.; Torregiani, F.; Fikar, C.. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RETAIL & DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 0959-0552. - 50:13(2022), pp. 164-183. [10.1108/IJRDM-10-2021-0477]