1. The Value of Supply Chain Network Design

What Is Supply Chain Network Design and Why Is It Important?

A firm’s supply chain allows it to move product from the source to the final point of consumption. Leading firms around the world, from large retailers to high-tech electronics manufacturers, have learned to use their supply chain as a strategic weapon. A supply chain is defined by the suppliers, plants, warehouses, and flows of products from each product’s origin to the final customer. The number and locations of these facilities is a critical factor in the success of any supply chain. In fact, some experts suggest that 80% of the costs of the supply chain are locked in with the location of the facilities and the determination of optimal ...

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