A MIXED LOGISTICS STRATEGY FOR CANADIAN GRAIN

Deregulation, trade liberalization and government cost-cutting during the past ten years have dramatically changed global grain markets. National centralized buying agencies have, or are in the process of being dismantled, leaving millers and processors to procure their own sources of supply. The result has been a proliferation of customers with a variety of product demands. Consumers are demanding fresher, more healthful foods free from preservatives. To accommodate consumers, food processors have adopted flexible production technology capable of smaller batch runs. However, Just-In-Time (JIT) production techniques coupled with raw material inputs of specific attributes are not conducive for bulk grain shipping. Demands for Identity Preserved Grains (IPG) in smaller quantities is a looming problem for Western Canadian bulk grain logistics despite system rationalization and added storage at port terminals. This paper will explore the merits of adopting a mixed logistics system for Western Canadian grain - the bulk system for large quantities of uniform grades and marine containers for small IPG shipments. Institutional barriers, marketing and infrastructure requirements to achieve this objective is presented in a theoretical framework. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD E200461.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 897-911

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00796385
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7307-2496-4
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2000 12:00AM