The multiple supply chain design problem: Integration of multiple configurations based on product, customer, and supply chain characteristics

Shunichi Ohmori, Tsuneaki Arakane, Alex Ruiz-Torres, Kazuho Yoshimoto

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Abstract

It has become widely accepted that delivering diverse products to customers who have different needs by a “one-size-fits-all” supply chain results in lower profits and customer service. Therefore, there is a need to design supply chain systems that can effectively and profitably serve products and customers with diverse characteristics. This paper presents a mathematical model that selects the optimal set of supply chains that match diverse characteristics of products and customers. The model considers various product, customer, and supply chain characteristics, including the required lead time, the supply chain lead times, the customer time sensitivity, and the complexity factor resulting from having multiple supply chains. An example and a sensitivity analysis are used to demonstrate the model’s capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-62
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul 1

Keywords

  • Operational Research Operations Strategy
  • Supply Chain Design
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Portfolio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems

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