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Logistics Dissertation of the Year

2 September 2019

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A postgraduate student from Cardiff University will receive the Dissertation of the Year Award at the Logistics Research Network (LRN) Conference on 5 September 2019.

The award, sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), is one of two prizes presented at the conference, celebrating the excellence of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the areas of logistics, supply chain and operations management.

In addition to a framed certificate, Zepeng Wu, who is studying the MSc Logistics and Operation Management at Cardiff Business School, will receive a cheque for £250 at the Conference dinner hosted by the University of Northampton.

His thesis, entitled “Catering food waste management in the UK: A novel cause-effect diagram using Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM)” and was co-supervised by Dr Irina Harris and Dr Ahmed Mohammed. The thesis focuses on the food service sector (coffee shops, takeaways, restaurants and pubs) in Cardiff, Wales.

It explores food waste enablers at Procurement and Storage, Processing, Operation strategy, People and Consumer levels. The research presents new insights, categorizes identified enablers as causes and effects, and suggests recommendations to mitigate root causes of food waste.

Dr Harris, Deputy Section Head and Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Modelling at Cardiff Business School, said: “I would like to congratulate Zepeng on this fantastic achievement...”

“Food waste is one of the key priorities in UK and his work has opened up new ways of understanding underlying challenges. Recognition from the CILT is an excellent achievement and testament to the high standard and quality of his dissertation.”

Dr Irina Harris Reader in Logistics and Operations Modelling, Deputy Section Head - Research, Innovation and Engagement

“The future smiles for those, like Zepeng, who go beyond expectations; very warm congratulations.”

Dr Ahmed Mohammed Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Transport and Logistics, Muscat University, Oman

The LRN is an informal network of academics, researchers, practitioners and other interested individuals working in the area of logistics, supply chain management and operations management.

The Network’s main objective is to facilitate the generation, promotion and dissemination of relevant research and, in doing so, make impactful contributions to logistics, supply chain and operations management professions.

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