Supply Chain Network Design


This concept explores strategies, models and tools for integrating and designing a supply chain. It discusses the factors that help in choosing the right design and identifies the strengths, difficulties and measures used in logistics and supply chains.

Technique Overview

Supply Chain Network Design Definition

Supply chain network design (SCND) is the process concerned with determining logistics infrastructure over an extended planning horizon to provide the most effective strategic solution in terms of cost and/or service. Number, type, location of plants and warehouses and the sourcing assignments between these and customers may all be considered (Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute).

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  • Beamon, B. (1998) Supply Chain Design and Analysis: Models and Methods. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 55(3), pp. 281-294.
  • Bender, T., Hennes, H., Kalcsics, J., Melo, M.T. and Nickel, S. (2002) Location Software and Interface with GIS and Supply Chain Management. In: Z. Drezner and H.W. Hamacher, (Eds.) Facility Location: Applications and Theory, Springer Press.
  • Braun, J., Guthrie, M., McCampbell, M. and Sit, V. (No Date) Chrysler Corporation: Innovations in Supply Chain Management. [Online] Available at: (www-personal.umich.edu/~afuah/cases/case3.html) [Accessed 18 December 2011].
  • Cecere, L. (2010) Things Do Not Always Go Better With Coke! [Online] Available at: www.supplychainshaman.com/supply-chain-excellence/things-do-not-always-go-better-with-coke/ [Accessed 17 December 2011].

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