Workflow optimization for Iowa regional food hubs [M2016-09]

Project Description: 

In Caroline Krejci’s ongoing research involving supply chain management and Iowa regional food hubs, she has observed that there are many opportunities for improvement of food hubs’ internal operations. Food hub managers have acknowledged these issues and have requested assistance in making operational improvements that will support their growth. This project will develop and implement a strategic operations management and workflow plan in Fayette, Polk, and Shelby counties. This will enable Iowa food hubs to improve the effectiveness of a regional food hub’s operations, the efficiency of regional food hubs distribution centers, and the satisfaction of employees and customers of regional food hubs.

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Caroline Krejci
Lead Investigator Bio: 

Caroline Krejci is an assistant professor at Iowa State University. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is interested in the development of management policies that support long-term system sustainability. Her current application area is food systems, with a focus on the development of sustainable local/regional food distribution networks.


Co Investigators: 

Michael Dorneich, ISU Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Richard Stone, ISU Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering