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Prioritizing edge over node: process control in supply chain networks and push-pull strategies

Pearson, M

Authors

M Pearson



Abstract

We outline recent work identifying an equilibrium solution in a supply chain network. The solution overcomes some difficulties associated with the bullwhip effect through limited cooperation and coordination along edges (links) in the supply chain network. The links constitute the stochastic modelling entities rather than the nodes of the network. We outline a range of feedback mechanisms that monitor and restore equilibrium in a supply chain. One of these is prediction capability charts which monitor the process. These charts are used by the decision makers to profile the allocation of inventory in the supply chain and identify out of control conditions. They maintain quality within the network, as well as intelligently track the way the network evolves in conditions of changing variability. We illustrate with an example simulating a push strategy in the clothing industry

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2017
Publication Date 2008-04
Deposit Date Feb 29, 2008
Print ISSN 0160-5682
Electronic ISSN 1476-9360
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 59
Issue 4
Pages 494-502
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602314
Keywords inventory; supply chain; process control; push and pull strategies; bullwhip effect;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2124