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Introduction

  • Harun PirimEmail author
  • Umar Al-Turki
  • Bekir Sami Yilbas
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Abstract

Supply chain is a complex network with multiple layers such as suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses, distributors, retailers, and customers. Supply chain management and optimization requires conflicting decisions, coordination and integration. Response time, product variability may affect supply chain design decisions. Problems associated with supply chain may be approached by mathematical modeling and optimization. The challenge through the supply chain is being responsive to customers with cost efficiency. Manufacturing processes affect the efficiency of the supply chain. This chapter presents a concise introduction to main concepts and topics of supply chain management and optimization.

Keywords

Supply chain management Design decisions Efficiency Response time 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harun Pirim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Umar Al-Turki
    • 1
  • Bekir Sami Yilbas
    • 2
  1. 1.Systems Engineering DepartmentKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia

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