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  • Narendra Agrawal
  • Stephen A. Smith
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 122)


The retail industry has emerged as a fascinating choice for researchers in the field of supply chain management. It presents a vast array of stimulating challenges that have long provided the context of much of the research in the area of operations research and inventory management. However, in recent years, advances in computing capabilities and information technologies, hyper-competition in the retail industry, emergence of multiple retail formats and distribution channels, an ever increasing trend towards a globally dispersed retail network, and a better understanding of the importance of collaboration in the extended supply chain have led to a surge in academic research on topics in retail supply chain management. Many supply chain innovations (e.g., vendor managed inventory) were first conceived and successfully validated in this industry, and have since been adopted in others. Conversely, many retailers have been quick to adopt cutting edge practices that first...


Supply Chain Supply Chain Management Inventory Management Inventory Planning Retail Chain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Narendra Agrawal
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Operations and MISLeavey School of Business, Santa Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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