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A cost-effective decision-making algorithm for an RFID-enabled HMSC network design: a multi-objective approach

Mohammed, Ahmed, Wang, Qian and Li, Xiaodong 2017. A cost-effective decision-making algorithm for an RFID-enabled HMSC network design: a multi-objective approach. Industrial Management and Data Systems 117 (9) , pp. 1782-1799. 10.1108/IMDS-02-2016-0074

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Purpose – In this paper, the authors investigated the economic feasibility of a three-echelon Halal Meat Supply Chains (HMSC) network that is monitored by a proposed RFID-based management system for enhancing the integrity traceability of Halal meat products. The purpose of this study was aimed at maximizing the average integrity number of Halal meat products, maximizing the return of investment (ROI), maximizing the capacity utilization of facilities and minimizing the total investment cost of the proposed RFID-monitoring system. The location-allocation problem of facilities needs also to be resolved in conjunction with the quantity flow of Halal meat products from farms to abattoirs and from abattoirs to retailers. Design/methodology/approach – First, a deterministic multi-objective mixed integer linear programming model was developed and used for optimizing the proposed RFID-based HMSC network towards a comprised solution based on four conflicting objectives as described above. Second, a stochastic programming model was developed and used for examining the impact on the number of Halal meat products by altering the value of integrity percentage. The ε-constraint approach and the modified weighted sum (MWS) approach were proposed for acquisition of non-inferior solutions obtained from the developed models. Furthermore, the Max-Min approach was used for selecting the best solution among them. Findings – The research outcome shows the applicability of the developed models using a real case study. Based on the computational results, a reasonable ROI can be achievable by implementing RFID into the HMSC network. Research implications – This work addresses interesting avenues for further research on exploring the HMSC network design under different types of uncertainties and transportation means. Also, environmentalism has been becoming increasingly a significant global problem in the present century. Thus, the presented model could be extended to include the environmental aspects as an objective function. Practical implications – The model can be utilized for food supply chain designers. Also, it could be applied to realistic problems in the field of supply chain management. Originality/value – Although there were a few studies focusing on the configuration of a number of HMSC networks, this area is overlooked by researchers. The study shows the developed methodology can be a useful tool for designers to determine a cost-effective design of food supply chain networks.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0263-5577
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 April 2018
Date of Acceptance: 17 October 2016
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 02:34

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