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Polarica's wild berries: an example of a required storage capacity calculation and where to locate this inventory

Erik Levén (Industrial Logistics, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden)
Anders Segerstedt (Industrial Logistics, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Abstract

Polarica is a company in northern Europe buying, refining and selling wild berries and other specialty foods. During the last couple of years the volume of wild berries, mostly blueberries, has increased a lot. This expansion forces Polarica to consider investments in freezing‐in capacity and cold‐storage capacity. A simple heuristic model was constructed, from which it was concluded that additional volumes of frozen blueberries require more storage facilities and it was also recommended that the location should be based on load‐distance analysis. The way this problem is tackled and solved can be copied and hopefully it presents ideas for other similar studies.

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Citation

Levén, E. and Segerstedt, A. (2004), "Polarica's wild berries: an example of a required storage capacity calculation and where to locate this inventory", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 213-218. https://doi.org/10.1108/13598540410544908

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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