1 Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN2 Logistics - CELOG, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN3 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN4 Department of Civil Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN5 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Production and Quality Engineering
A literature review
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to determine the current state of research in the planning and control (P&C) literature in regards to fresh food supply chains (FFSC). Based on the literature review, important research areas are identified and serve as guidelines for defining future research directions. Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on a structured literature review of articles with the main focus on P&C of fresh food products. The review is based on a range of published works from main journals on supply chain management over the last 10 years. The gaps and challenges in the literature are highlighted and used as a basis for discussion on future research. Findings The paper identifies seven major categories in the current research on P&C in FFSCs and proposes six areas for future research directions, namely balance between demand and supply, supply chain P&C, characteristics of FFSCs, decision support tools based on real-time data, hybrid planning and control strategies and lean in the FFSC. Research limitations/implications The study is based on a literature study. The proposed findings give an overview over the topics in P&C in FFSC and are useful in defining future research directions in this area. Practical implications The paper enhances the focus on P&C in FFSC in practice, and defines important implications for why and how P&C should be practiced from a supply chain perspective. Original/value The paper presents an overview of the literature on P&C issues of fresh food products, which has not been conducted before.
Water Science and Technology, 2013, Vol 68, Issue 9, p. 1959-1968