Bringing “big-picture thinking” to vertical farming through supply chain modeling and simulation

“People in vertical farming tend to be very smart and educated but can sometimes miss the bigger picture. The supply chain is the overall framework that makes everything work or not, and we model the whole thing so that people can see how all the parts fit together,” says Michael Hugos, co-founder, and chief executive officer at SCM Globe, a company specializing in modeling for commercial, humanitarian and military supply chains.

With the vertical farming industry on the rise and facing its own set of supply chain challenges, Michael and his co-founder Steve Koji are looking to loop vertical farming into the company’s portfolio and help the industry make sense of the supply chain.

As Steve explains, SCM Globe’s supply chain simulation tool can help the vertical farming industry improve its distribution networks by generating energy-efficient delivery routes and allowing farms to model the difference in carbon footprint between different delivery modes such as e-vehicles for limited-area delivery.

“SCM Globe has two overarching themes. One is to make supply chains easy to understand through modeling and simulation. The other is to improve sustainability through carbon tracking and transportation planning for product distribution. Vertical farming is all about sustainability, so it aligns perfectly with our modus operandi of combining our themes to lower the environmental impact,” explains Steve.

SCM Globe’s website presents multiple case studies that explore commercial, humanitarian and military supply chains. Among them is the Blue Ocean Co-Op, which models the supply chain supporting aquacultural farms off the coast of California. This particular case study is part of an actual ongoing project called Project Blue by the AltaSea campus in Longbeach, California. It models distances between the farms, ports, and distribution points and the carbon footprint associated with moving products between these facilities. 

As SCM Globe integrates vertical farming into its ethos, the company is looking to work with players in the vertical farming industry to begin a trial program and develop case studies for supply chain modeling of vertical farming.

“We are looking at domains where people are interested in attaining the highest sustainability possible, and we believe that vertical farming is one of those domains,” says Steve.

For more information:
Michael Hugos, Co-Founder and CEO
Steve Koji, Co-Founder and COO 
SCM Globe 


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