As we have reported in the previous post, we are preparing a submission to present and share SAFE-Q research outcomes in the Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Conference to be held in March 2018. This year the conference pillars are Energy and Environment, Computing and Information Technology, Health and Biomedical, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. More information about the ARC ’18 can be found on the conference website:
We are also preparing to present our work at the upcoming INFORMS Conference in Houston, Texas. Dr. Emel Aktas will be giving a talk on inventory control policies to minimize food waste in retail environment:
“Policies to Minimise Food Waste in Retail Environment
Emel Aktas, Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Akunna Oledinma, Hafize Sahin, Zahir Irani, Amir Sharif, Samsul Huda, Zeynep Topaloglu, Mehran Kamrava
Food retail is one of the largest sectors both in the UK and the US. IGD predicts the UK food and grocery market to reach £200bn over the next five years. Supermarkets sell 60-90% of all fresh fruits and vegetables, with high levels of imported produce. We focus on fresh fruits and vegetables due to their high value and perishability. We build a causal loop of the fresh fruits and vegetables supply chain in Qatar, considering imported and locally grown produce, the demand, and the waste due to inefficient operational processes and consumer behavior. Using the deSolve library in R, we test inventory control policies based on service levels, lot sizes, and demand across a range of fresh produce categories.”
Last week, we welcomed our new research team member, Ms Qiongyu Lu. Currently Ms. Lu is a doctoral student at the Cranfield School of Management and she will contribute to our research efforts in the UK. We look forward to working with her. We also say farewell to Dr Oledinma, who has taken up a new role as a teaching fellow in the University of Warwick. Our collaborations on food waste reduction will continue.
We are also organizing a SAFE-Q dissemination event to be held in 2018. We have a date confirmed among the team members as 19 March 2018. We will be updating you about the agenda and invitees as we approach the event. We are very excited about it that it will be an opportunity to share our findings and receive feedback from our stakeholders as we approach the close of our project.