Packaging and food waste preventing strategies for sustainable food supply chain networks

Ronzoni, Michele (2024) Packaging and food waste preventing strategies for sustainable food supply chain networks, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Meccanica e scienze avanzate dell'ingegneria, 36 Ciclo.
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The central aim of this dissertation is to introduce innovative methods, models, and tools to enhance the overall performance of supply chains responsible for handling perishable products. This concept of improved performance encompasses several critical dimensions, including enhanced efficiency in supply chain operations, product quality, safety, sustainability, waste generation minimization, and compliance with norms and regulations. The research is structured around three specific research questions that provide a solid foundation for delving into and narrowing down the array of potential solutions. These questions primarily concern enhancing the overall performance of distribution networks for perishable products and optimizing the package hierarchy, extending to unconventional packaging solutions. To address these research questions effectively, a well-defined research framework guides the approach. However, the dissertation adheres to an overarching methodological approach that comprises three fundamental aspects. The first aspect centers on the necessity of systematic data sampling and categorization, including identifying critical points within food supply chains. The data collected in this context must then be organized within a customized data structure designed to feed both cyber-physical and digital twins to quantify and analyze supply chain failures with a preventive perspective.

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Tesi di dottorato
Ronzoni, Michele
Dottorato di ricerca
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Parole chiave
cyber-physical twin; cyber-physical system; catering supply chain; digital twin; optimization; package optimization; package hierarchy optimization; packaging; packaging waste prevention; reusable package; supply chain; sustainable food supply chain;
Data di discussione
11 Aprile 2024

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