Logistical framework for last mile relief distribution in humanitarian supply chains: considerations from the field

Priyanka Roy, Pavel Albores, Christopher Brewster

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Recent years large scale natural disasters: (e.g. 2004 Tsunami, 2005 Earthquake in South Asia, 2010 Earthquake in Haiti, 2010 flood in Pakistan, 2011 Earthquake in Japan etc.) have captured international attention and led to the advance of research of disaster management. To cope with these huge impact disasters, the involved stakeholders have to learn how quickly and efficiently the relief organisations are able to respond. After a disaster strikes, it is necessary to get the relief aid to the affected people by the prompt action of relief organisations. This supply chain process has to be very fast and efficient. The purpose of this paper is to define the last mile relief distribution in humanitarian supply chain and develop a logistical framework by identifying the factors that affect this process. Seventeen interviews were conducted with field officers and the data analysed to identify which are the critical factors for last mile relief distribution of disaster relief operation. A framework is presented classifying these factors according to the ability to implement them in an optimisation model of humanitarian logistics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeChallenges e-2012 conference proceedings
EditorsPaul Cunningham, Miriam Cunningham
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-905824-35-9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventeChallenges Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 17 Oct 201219 Oct 2012


ConferenceeChallenges Conference


  • last mile relief distribution
  • logistics
  • supply chain management


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