CONNECTED NEXT GENERATION POST-HARVEST LOGISTICS


OPPORTUNITIES AND STRATEGIES FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM
BUSINESSES IN EMERGING COUNTRIES


A Foundational Report

PREFACE

In this Foundational Report, our independent analysis finds that much of the research on cold food logistics in emerging countries remains insufficient, while knowledge applied there hails from field studies conducted in developed economies. And such developments, when applied to infrastructure there, have historically been in more urbanized locations, leaving remote areas (where small farmer communities typically are) largely disconnected from the cold food chain.

In this report, a framework is introduced for development of data-connected post-harvest logistics models that help close this gap, as well as discussing strategies on how to build sustainable business models fit for these regions. Recent global trends have created opportunities for small and medium size businesses (SMBs) to step in with alternate cold logistics approaches to the increasingly challenged vertically-integrated legacy model. Some of the thinking in this regard is based on the existing literature from various sources, including entities as Harvard Business Review, US Department of Commerce, United Nations, Agility, and many others.

Given the broad and complex nature of the topic, in this report, we have pulled some key concepts together in hopes of offering insight on how SMBs can play a vital (and noble) role in the overall development of data-connected cold logistics in these regions, including interconnecting with small farmer communities, reducing post-harvest food loss, and improving local economies.


We hope the thoughts presented are helpful and that SMB players in the technology and logistics space can come together to sketch out ideas on how to enter these markets, find ways to develop the needed logistics networks, and create sustainable profitable businesses in this time of change and uncertainty.


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