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Towards A More Sustainable Future? Simulating the Environmental Impact of Online and Offline Grocery Supply Chains

  • The negative effects of traffic, such as air quality problems and road congestion, put a strain on the infrastructure of cities and high-populated areas. A potential measure to reduce these negative effects are grocery home deliveries (e-grocery), which can bundle driving activities and, hence, result in decreased traffic and related emission outputs. Several studies have investigated the potential impact of e-grocery on traffic in various last-mile contexts. However, no holistic view on the sustainability of e-grocery across the entire supply chain has yet been proposed. Therefore, this paper presents an agent-based simulation to assess the impact of the e-grocery supply chain compared to the stationary one in terms of mileage and different emission outputs. The simulation shows that a high e-grocery utilization rate can aid in decreasing total driving distances by up to 255 % relative to the optimal value as well as CO 2 emissions by up to 50 %.

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Author:Maik Trott, Christoph von ViebahnGND, Marvin Auf der LandwehrORCiDGND
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC48552.2020.9383987
Parent Title (English):2020 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC)
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2021
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2022/01/18
Tag:Air quality; Computer simulation; E-Grocery; Supply Chains; Sustainable development
GND Keyword:Computersimulation; Lieferservice; Lebensmittel; Supply Chain Management; Nachhaltigkeit; Luftqualität
First Page:1218
Last Page:1229
Link to catalogue:1795490748
Institutes:Fakultät IV - Wirtschaft und Informatik
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt