Managing perishability in production-distribution planning: a discussion and review

Amorim, P.; Meyr, H.; Almeder, C.; Almada-Lobo, B.
September 2013
Flexible Services & Manufacturing Journal;Sep2013, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p389
Academic Journal
Managing perishability may represent a remarkable problem in supply chain management of a varied set of industries. In fact, perishability can influence, for example, productivity or customer service and it may happen to occur in one or more processes throughout the supply chain. In this paper a review on planning models that handle perishability issues in production and distribution is conducted. The contribution of this paper is three-fold. First, a new framework for classifying perishability models based on multiple process features is presented. Second, it draws the community attention to the importance of managing perishability in many different industries' supply chains by showing its relevance and by reviewing the literature related to production and distribution planning. Finally, it points towards research opportunities so far not addressed by the research community in this challenging field.


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