Agile Supply


This concept reviews agility in organisations and discusses the view that in the current economic environment it is key for creating of responsive supply chains. This concept will particularly assist managers and procurement professionals by offering business evidence and implementation suggestions.

Technique Overview

Agile Supply

Agile Supply Definition

Agility is a "business-wide capability that embraces organisational structures, information systems, logistics processes, and ... mindsets" (Christopher, 2000:37). The agile supply chain is a fast-moving, adaptable and robust system capable of rapid adaptation in response to turbulent and volatile markets, uncertainty created by economic and competitive forces, market opportunities, and customer requirements (Christopher, 2000).

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  • Agarwal, A, Shankar, R. and Tiwari, M.K. (2006). Modelling the metrics of lean, agile and leagile supply chain: An ANP-based approach. European Journal of Operations Research, Vol.173 (1), pp.211-225.
  • Aitken, J., Christopher, M. and Towill, D.(2002) Understanding, implementing and exploiting agility and leanness. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications, Vol.5 (1), pp.59-74.
  • Christopher, M. (2000) The agile supply chain: Competing in volatile markets, Industrial Marketing Management, Vol.29(1), pp.37-44; (2001) Presentation, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University.
  • Christopher, M., Lowson, R. and Peck, H. (2004) Creating agile supply chains in the fashion industry. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol.32(8), pp.367-376.

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