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How Digital Business Platforms Can Reduce Food Losses and Waste?

  • Luciana Marques VieiraEmail author
  • Daniele Eckert Matzembacher
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Abstract

This research sought to understand how Digital Business Platforms (DBP) can contribute to food waste solutions by improving supply chain coordination. A qualitative approach was used, based on primary and secondary data collection. The first phase investigated 28 stakeholders to understand their coordination difficulties. The second phase analysed three case studies about food DBP. Results indicate DBP contribute to food waste solutions by improving supply chain coordination mostly through informal mechanisms, increasing collaboration between supply chain agents. They act as a bridge between production and consumption, creating a new market for food that would be discarded in many stages of the supply chain either by non-standard compliance or by the absence of a market, also creating consumer demand through awareness and subscription purchase mechanisms.

Keywords

Coordination Digital business platforms Food supply chain Food waste solutions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciana Marques Vieira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniele Eckert Matzembacher
    • 2
  1. 1.Industrial Production and Operations Administration DepartmentSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Graduate School of Business ManagementFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil

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