The degree of inventory centralization for food manufacturers

Nona Fortian Corts, Zaza Nadja Lee Herbert-Hansen, Samuel Brüning Larsen, Waqas Khalid*

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For food manufacturers, limited shelf-lives and ‘freshness’ requirements increase inventory holding costs. Accuracy in choosing the most advantageous degree of inventory centralization (MADIC) is therefore central for competitiveness. While extant research contains several industry-generic factors that influence centralization decisions, influencing factors for food manufacturers, in particular, is under-explored. This paper identifies the factors that influence the MADIC for food manufacturers and develops a method that integrates all factors for MADIC-determination. The study examines a single case facilitating deep-dives into unknown areas. Results show nine factors of which three are specific to food manufacturing. Furthermore, the paper details how practitioners can determine a MADIC-score on a 1–100 scale for their particular operations. While food manufacturing inventory centralization literature is scarce, this paper contributes to a holistic study of multiple relevant factors and a method that integrates all factors into one result.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProduction Engineering
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)21-32
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Case study research
  • Centralization
  • Decentralization
  • Food manufacturing
  • Inventory management
  • Multicriteria decisions


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