Review and Rating of the Combine Owners’ Cooperative Distribution Chain in Fars Province Using TOPSIS Approach

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Agricultural Machinery Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran

2 Faculty Member in Department of Agricultural Machinery Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran.


ABSTRACT: Combine owners’ cooperative as a distributor of agricultural machinery has an important role in reduction of waste arising from delay in the harvesting of crop. The combine owners’ cooperative distribution chain needs a tool to survive in unstable environmental conditions and the variable state of the product during the growth period that can help it to overcome environmental challenges.  This tool is agility. In 2019, this study used the TOPSIS method to rank the effective parameters in the agility of the cooperative distribution chain of combine owners in Fars province. Therefore, a questionnaire was prepared to identify the most important parameters of agility in the cooperative distribution chain and distributed and completed among 80 cooperative employees and combine owners. Sensitivity and responsiveness to market and customer, speed performance and new product introduction with 0.8711 value are in the first place of importance after ranking of agility parameters of the combine owners’ cooperative distribution chain. Also, other effective factors in agility such as accurate planning, expenses reduction, IT applying, Integration of tasks and processes, customer satisfaction, flexibility, service quality and development of staff skills are in the second to ninth ranks, respectively, which are between the two values of 0.7920 and 0.1499. As a result, paying attention to this ranking can help make decisions about better distribution of combine harvesters and the agility of the cooperative distribution chain.


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