The Impact on Logistics when using Hydroponics Technology in a Value Network
Logistics of using hydroponics to support urban agriculture in a value network context is conceptualised through an empirically grounded model. This is developed employing a single case study that reveals hydroponics use in a value network, a local and transparent form of inter-organizational cooperation. Hydroponics use for urban farming in its networked context reveals this form of food supply as a local ecosystem, alternative to modernistic large scale geographically distant to consumption-type farming. The empirically grounded conceptual model reveals how this recent technology is only one of many factors that in combination provide understanding on how sustainable production of safe and quality foods may be achieved with focus on its impact on logistical operations. Hydroponics use as revealed in the case shortens logistics flows and greatly simplifies logistics operations since it is a local type of goods distribution. This model provides basis for further research on use of small-scale indoor urban farming technology from a logistics perspective highlighting features of using this technology economically to supply urban food consumption through loosely coupled food production.