Directing the Flow of Product : A Guide to Improving Supply Chain Planning


While good software and data are necessities for effective supply chain planning, the right processes, policies, and organization are the most powerful keys for reducing costs and providing high service. This book reviews the state-of-the-art in production and distribution planning and presents principles and methods through which enterprises, including virtual enterprises, can design the best way to plan their operations. Supply chain and virtual enterprise oriented, the book covers collaborative planning, lean philosophy, and newer techniques like ant algorithms. If you are looking for insight into how to improve operations through better planning, this book is the place to find it.Key FeaturesSpecifically refutes the idea that there is "one best way" that all enterprises should plan operations - an enterprise must design the best way to plan its operations.Offers a methodology for designing and implementing new planning approaches based directly on the product flow decisions that have to be made, rather than on traditional planning categoriesProvides practical guidance on implementing new planning techniques and managing data and systems and how to integrate collaborative planning with traditional approaches. Presents unprecedented management perspective on planning philosophies and techniques, including mathematically "intense" versus simple approaches, MRP-type approaches, Operations Research approaches, and others.


Jeffrey H Schutt
Hardback | 260 pages
152 x 235 x 21mm | 494g
Publication date
01 May 2004
J Ross Publishing
Publication City/Country
Florida, United States