Delivering Performance in Food Supply Chains (Woodhead by C Mena, G Stevens

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By C Mena, G Stevens

Foods and drinks offer chains are advanced, always evolving structures, related to many contributors and half and accordingly, substantial demanding situations. This quantity identifies six key demanding situations in handling foods and drinks provide chains. every one element of the booklet specializes in one. those contain the basic position of dating administration in provide chains, the lively alignment of provide and insist, diversified methods to powerful and effective strategy administration, caliber and security administration, the powerful use of latest applied sciences, and the supply of nutrients as a sustainable and liable job.

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For example, Giannakis and Croom, (2004) proposed a ‘3S Model’ containing the synthesis of business resources and networks, the synergy between network actors © Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2010 28 Delivering performance in food supply chains and the synchronisation of operational decisions. The International Marketing and Purchasing Group considered the interactions between supply chain partners (Kern and Willcocks, 2002), Fawcett and Magnan (2002) examined supply chain integration and Harland et al.

A dominant firm can choose to follow a cooperative approach, acting as a channel captain, helping to improve communication, coordination and performance across the chain. Similarly, they can choose to take an adversarial position, dictating terms and conditions, and using power to exploit their supply chain partners. The balance of power and the way in which companies choose to exercise that power have substantial implications for the structure and management of the chain. 4 Product diversification Product diversification has also been dramatic in recent years; the average number of products on offer in USA supermarkets increased from 14,145 in 1980 to 49,225 in 1999 (Richards and Hamilton, 2006).

Hobday, in Chapter 17, looks at intelligent packaging and its impact on issues such as traceability, inventory management and waste minimisation. Chapter 18, by James and James, discusses the role and impact of refrigeration technologies in the supply chain and how to design and improve a cold chain system. In Chapter 19, van der Vorst, van der Zee and Tromp present the use of simulation and modelling to improve supply chain management and uses a case study of fresh fruit to highlight the potential impact of this technology.

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