Which is the best supply chain for perishable fruits, Lean or Agile?

¿Cuál es la mejor cadena de suministro para frutas perecederas, lean o ágil?

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Javier Arturo Orjuela-Castro
Fredy Santiago Morales-Aguilar
Laura Fernanda Mejía-Flórez


It is estimated that one-third of global fruit production is lost or damaged. In developing countries, post-harvest losses that often exceed 50%, together with the growth of global consumption, generate various problems of supply and distribution throughout the supply chain. This article evaluates the structure of the mango supply chain in Cundinamarca-Bogota. Using a dynamic model system, the current structure was evaluated in comparison with Lean and Agile supply chains. The structures were measured through the performance indicators of quality, responsiveness, logistic operations and costs. This study showed that the Lean and Agile supply chains improved the performance of the current chain in all cases although not for all the involved actors. However, there was a trade-off that indicated a need for a future evaluation of Agile-Lean structures for perishable fruit chains.



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Javier Arturo Orjuela-Castro, Facultad de Ingeniería, Ingeniería Industrial, Grupo GICALyT, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá

Ingeniero de Alimentos, Ingeniero Industrial, Especialista en Ingeniería de Producción Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas Bogotá Colombia, Magister en Investigación de Operaciones y Estadística Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira Colombai, Estudiante Doctorado Ingeniería Industria y Organizaciones Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Profesor e Investigador Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, en las áreas de Logística, Investigación de Operaciones. Lider Grupo de Investigación en Cadenas de Abastecimiento, Logística y Trazabilidad GICALyT.

Fredy Santiago Morales-Aguilar, Facultad de Ingeniería, Ingeniería Industrial, Grupo GICALyT, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá

Ingeniero Industrial, integrante Grupo de Investigación GICALyT.

Laura Fernanda Mejía-Flórez, Facultad de Ingeniería, Ingeniería Industrial, Grupo GICALyT, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá

Ingeniero Industrial, integrante Grupo de Investigación GICALyT.

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