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Title: Eco-efficient supply chain networks: development of a design framework and application to a real case study
Authors: Colicchia, Claudia
Creazza, Alessandro
Dallari, Fabrizio
Melacini, Marco
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Bibliographic citation: Colicchia Claudia, et al. (2016), Eco-efficient supply chain networks: development of a design framework and application to a real case study. In: Production planning and control: the management of operations, vol. 27, n. 3, 17 February 2016, p. 157-168. Published electronically 22 October 2015. ISSN 0953-7287. DOI 10.1080/09537287.2015.1090030.
Abstract: This paper presents a supply chain network design framework that is based on multi-objective mathematical programming and that can identify ‘eco-efficient’ configuration alternatives that are both efficient and ecologically sound. This work is original in that it encompasses the environmental impact of both transportation and warehousing activities. We apply the proposed framework to a real-life case study (i.e. Lindt & Sprüngli) for the distribution of chocolate products. The results show that cost-driven network optimisation may lead to beneficial effects for the environment and that a minor increase in distribution costs can be offset by a major improvement in environmental performance. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge on eco-efficient supply chain design and closes the missing link between model-based methods and empirical applied research. It also generates insights into the growing debate on the trade-off between the economic and environmental performance of supply chains, supporting organisations in the eco-efficient configuration of their supply chains.
Journal/Book: Production planning and control
ISSN: 0953-7287
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