ISYE SEMINAR SERIES :: The South African Fruit Logistics Infrastructure Capacity Optimization Study
The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in collaboration with various partners in industry and academia, has recently embarked on a project to investigate and resolve bottlenecks and problems that might exist in the national infrastructure for fresh fruit export. Three goals were identified for the project: (i) proposing an optimal usage protocol for existing fruit logistics infrastructure (including packing and cold storage facilities, reefer trucks and road capacity, procedures fruit terminals) on a national level. (ii) Investigating the possible use of alternative infrastructure such as rail and ports not traditionally used. (iii) Proposing specific investment opportunities in additional infrastructure for the future benefit of the South African fresh fruit industry. The talk will take the form of a work-in-progress report - outlining the project as a whole, but concentrating the mathematical modeling parts of the project.