Advanced Supply Chain Models

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 161)


In Chap. 12, three, main models were developed for the planning and design of supply chains. The first model supported the selection of the transportation process for a single origin–destination link in the supply chain. Because of its focused scope the model could be highly detailed. The second model supported tactical planning. It accommodated multiple products with a bill of materials structure, multiple echelons, and multiple periods. The third major model supported strategic supply chain decisions. It accommodated multiple echelons and multiple periods, but not bill of material relationships. In general, the models became more aggregate when their scope and time horizon expanded. In this chapter, more advanced models are introduced that accommodate specific complicating features of the supply chain. The model used in the decision support for a specific supply chain instance may include some, but most likely not all, of these expansions. Increasing the complexity of the model requires more detailed data, more sophisticated algorithms, and longer computation times.


Supply Chain Transfer Price Bender Decomposition Supply Chain Design Transportation Channel 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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