Katrina A. Coleman



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With the advent of Industry 4.0, the fourth wave of the industrial revolution, the food retail industry has been revolutionizing at an unprecedented rate. Stores have become stocked with a large variety and quantity of goods, leading to an increase in waste accumulation. Although there have been advancements in large scale agriculture, not as many advancements have been made in efficiently distributing produce and minimizing waste. While performing field work in Dayton, Ohio, I began to realize that food was not as accessible in lower-income areas and Dayton is a food apartheid. This led me to look deeper into the issue of food insecurity and ways to create a more sustainable environment using methods of Industry 4.0, while also giving access to those without.

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Project Designation

Honors Thesis

Primary Advisor

Sean Albert Falkowski

Primary Advisor's Department

Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology


Stander Symposium project, School of Engineering

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger; Sustainable Cities and Communities

Industry 4.0 in the Retail Sector: Sustainability of Food Retail with a Focus on Food Insecurity in Dayton, Ohio