Chapter 1

Supply Chain Information Systems

The ability to access global production and services has revolutionized business. Supply chain networks move inventories of various kinds from source to consumption. Being able to work with producers around the world provides opportunities to balance low cost with risk mediation. While logistics usually is associated with moving material, supply chains today can include intangibles such as services as well as inventories of goods. Using the Internet enables linking together supply chain networks in practically any business application, production or services.

Organizations such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard have operated collaborative supply chains with each partner focusing on a few key strategic activities. ...

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