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Short food supply chains: types of initiatives, inter-organizational proximity, and logistics – an intrinsic case study

Short food supply chains are one of the recently reinvented types of food supply systems that are recognized as a notable sustainable approach. The purpose of this article is to identify short food supply chains (SFSCs) in practice, focusing on their types of initiatives, inter-organizational proximity, and logistics. The study aims to address the following research questions: 1) What are the dominant types of initiatives and dimensions of interorganizational proximity in SFSCs? 2) What key logistics aspects can be identified in SFSCs? 3) Which activities determine the performance of SFSCs? This paper comprises three main sections. Firstly, it reviews the existing academic literature related to the types of initiatives in short food supply chains within the context of proximity dimensions and logistics, as well as the contributions of SFSCs to sustainability. Following that, it outlines the empirical research methodology employed and interprets the findings obtained. Lastly, it highlights the theoretical and practical implications arising from the research.

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Keywords: supply chain; short food supply chain; intrinsic case study



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