Modelling of agrologistics networks

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research models agrologistics networks to solve complex collection and distribution issues, helping companies and governments to optimise fresh-food chains and networks.

What is the growth potential of a seaport? How much would road transport increase if this port were to be enlarged? Would additional distribution centres be needed, or perhaps wider highways? What impact would these interventions have on chain performance indicators, such as cost, CO2 emissions and production to point-of-sale transport time? Companies and governments wishing to optimise fresh-food chains must successfully address complex issues in order to develop effective (mid) long-term strategies.

Modelling

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research uses network modelling to solve complex collection and distribution logistics issues. Focussing on the entire chain, we not only investigate the (growth) capacity of a transit location or trade cluster, but also product quality, logistics and purchasing.

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has knowledge of both modelling and fresh-food production. We are uniquely able to identify vulnerabilities in the chain and to recommend appropriate actions. We use LogicNet Plus software, extended via advanced models for simulation of quality and logistics activities and supplies purchasing. These models are continuously developed by our experts and based, partly, on storage experiments.

Agrologistics networks

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research supports businesses and governments around the world to solve their logistics problems. For the Dutch flower industry, we identified which aircraft type would produce the lowest CO2 footprint for flowers transport from Kenya to the Netherlands. For Greenport Venlo we mapped the logistics advantages of increasing the number of fresh-product distribution centres in the region. A food service company is employing us to investigate opportunities for local sourcing: how far can they commit to local sourcing while minimizing the risk of supply shortages? For the Mexican government, we are working on a strategic agrologistics vision document, exploring how and where metropolitan food clusters should be established to ensure food security for its citizens as well as optimum growth opportunities for local businesses.

Agro parks

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research recently conducted economic chain analyses for agro parks in Mexico, China, India and the Philippines. This work is often the starting point for integrated improvement plans that focus on the feasibility of up-scaling production and processing. Using this data, local business owners are able to organise their production and distribution more efficiently. Local plans were developed in close cooperation with experts from other units within Wageningen University & Research, such as soil science, water management and plant and crop sciences.