Delft University of Technology
Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Transport Technology / Logistic Engineering

E. van Sliedregt Coordinated supply chain management.
Literature survey, Report 97.3.LT.4828, Transport Technology, Logistic Engineering.

In the past, organizations have focused their efforts on making effective decisions within a facility. In this case, the various functions of an organization, including assembly, storage, and distribution are generally decoupled into their functional and geographic components through buffers of large inventories. In this way, the complexity of the decisions is reduced since each component is treated independently of the others. Ignoring these component dependencies can have costly consequences. This becomes increasingly apparent with market globalization.

Nowadays, organizations increasingly make efforts to coordinate and control all the components of the supply chain in order to provide goods and services to customers at low cost and high service levels.

Many models are since developed to coordinate the different stages in the supply chain or even coordinate total supply chains. Also models to address strategic decision making are popular as they have proven that for example, big savings can be made by appropriately locating new plants.

Reports on Logistic Engineering (in Dutch)
Modified: 2000.02.27; , TU Delft / 3mE / TT / LT.