The COVID-19 pandemic posed a health planning challenge for all governments. Especially in our country, where the lack of urban planning means that our cities have a high density of businesses and people in critical areas for logistics. In normal circumstances, this situation represents a problem of accessibility, safety and disaster risk as a result of a natural and man-made phenomenon. In the current situation, there is an additional problem: the difficulty of maintaining social distancing.
Thus, the Post-COVID-19 Economic Reactivation Platform (PREP as per its Spanish acronym) project was born, with the objective of developing a program to generate decentralized points of sale made up of groups of traders from commercial conglomerates (Gamarra, Central Market, among others) with a line of business in accordance with the possible demand. Also taking into account the restrictions of the pandemic, such as: social distancing, ventilated and easily accessible places for the population, in addition to shortening the distance between the population and the commercial conglomerate.
To achieve its objective, geospatial data on population density by age groups and socioeconomic levels, consumer preferences and business information were used to feed the platform.
Contribution in the field of logistics
The PREP for commercial conglomerates was submitted to the National Council of Science and Technology (CONCYTEC) competition within the framework of Special Projects: Modality - Emerging Needs to COVID-19. The PREP project team consisted of Michelle Rodríguez, Mario Chong, Claudio Ortega, and Andrés Regal, from Universidad del Pacífico and Andrés Bronfman, from Universidad Andrés Bello in Chile. The contribution of CONCYTEC and FONDECYT to the development of this document was crucial for its implementation.
Another achievement has now been added: having been published in the "Journal Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management", a journal that publishes cutting-edge research in the field of humanitarian aid logistics and supply chain management. This journal is aimed at academics and professionals in the public and private humanitarian sectors.