A cost-effective decision-making algorithm for an RFID-enabled HMSC network design: a multi-objective approach

Ahmed Mohammed, Qian Wang, Xiaodong Li

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the economic feasibility of a three-echelon Halal Meat Supply Chain (HMSC) network that is monitored by a proposed radio frequency identification (RFID)-based management system for enhancing the integrity traceability of Halal meat products and to maximize the
    average integrity number of Halal meat products, maximize the return of investment (ROI), maximize the capacity utilization of facilities and minimize the total investment cost of the proposed RFID-monitoring system. The location-allocation problem of facilities needs also to be resolved in conjunction with the
    quantity flow of Halal meat products from farms to abattoirs and from abattoirs to retailers.

    Design/methodology/approach – First, a deterministic multi-objective mixed integer linear programming model was developed and used for optimizing the proposed RFID-based HMSC network toward a comprised solution based on four conflicting objectives as described above. Second, a stochastic programming model was developed and used for examining the impact on the number of Halal meat products by altering the value of integrity percentage. The ε-constraint approach and the modified weighted sum approach were proposed for acquisition of non-inferior solutions obtained from the developed models. Furthermore, the Max-Min approach was used for selecting the best solution among them.

    Findings – The research outcome shows the applicability of the developed models using a real case study. Based on the computational results, a reasonable ROI can be achievable by implementing RFID into the HMSC network.

    Research limitations/implications – This work addresses interesting avenues for further research on exploring the HMSC network design under different types of uncertainties and transportation means. Also, environmentalism has been becoming increasingly a significant global problem in the
    present century. Thus, the presented model could be extended to include the environmental aspects as an objective function.

    Practical implications
    – The model can be utilized for food supply chain designers. Also, it could be applied to realistic problems in the field of supply chain management.

    Originality/value – Although there were a few studies focusing on the configuration of a number of HMSC networks, this area is overlooked by researchers. The study shows the developed methodology can be a useful tool for designers to determine a cost-effective design of food supply chain networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1782-1799
    Number of pages18
    JournalIndustrial Management & Data Systems
    Issue number9
    Early online date9 Oct 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


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