Εφοδιασμός ψυκτικής αλυσίδας : μελέτη περίπτωσης τυροκομικών - γαλακτοκομικών προϊόντων
KeywordsΨυκτική αλυσίδα ; Εμπορία βουτύρου ; OΡΤΙΜΑ ΑΕ ; Cold chain ; Butter trade ; OPTIMA SA ; Εφοδιαστική αλυσίδα
The present study aims to record the supply chain at OPTIMA SA in butter products and optimize the inventory management of these products, through risk management in the cold supply chain of the company. Specific objectives of the research is to describe the current state in the supply chain industry worldwide, but especially in our country, and to outline the specificity of the cold chain in general and the cold chain in butter. This study is a qualitative research, which is divided into six chapters. The first four chapters consist the literature review about the topic, while the fifth chapter is the case study. In the sixth and last chapter of the research, the findings and conclusions are extracted and analyzed, based on confrontation of qualitative and quantitative data from both the literature review and the case study. From the study, it is found that the butter market is Greece has optimization margins, which may be based on proper management of the cold chain logistics. According to the case of OPTIMA SA, the use of new technologies like the integrated WMS system, the FIFO system and the barcodes, can bring many advantages for storage, inventory management and movement of butter products. Specifically the use of these technologies may reduce costs, enhance product safety and increase staff productivity. As critical risk points in the cold butter chain of OPTIMA SA, were found to be cleanliness of stores, routine monitoring of the storage temperature, cleanliness of orders preparation area, fast loading and unloading, continuous monitoring of vehicle temperature (<4°C) and control the proper functioning of the refrigeration equipment, the short running time of transmission, check of the temperature of refrigerators and the proper positioning of the products. Therefore, in order to further optimization of the management of the stocks of butter in the cold chain of OPTIMA SA, focus should be given to the aforementioned high-risk points and picked up or reinforce appropriate measures such as continuous staff training, routine monitoring of proper functioning of cooling devices and temperature monitor and record keeping of all necessary product control information, for transport and storage spaces. The findings of this research may be pushing elements of Greek trade in butter, to promote further investigations and assist in optimization of cold chains in Greece.