Agile supply chain management

Agile supply chain management involves new concept of organizing and implementing supply chain operations in complex logistic and distribution systems.

Application of agile supply chain management[edit]

Agile Supply Chain Management is applicable in the case of so-called innovative products, which are characterized by the following features:

  • short life cycle
  • difficult to predict demand
  • Production in many variants and often in small quantities

Specifics of agile SCM[edit]

The specificity of innovative products requires the Agile Supply Chain:

  • launch new products onto the market relatively often
  • supply of these products in many different variants
  • placing them on the market in shortest possible time

Factors of optimal implementation of agile SCM[edit]

The key elements of the optimum management of the system of Agile Supply Chain:

  • "being close" to the market, consisting of its continuous observing and tracking trends taking place in it
  • operate with a broad base of suppliers
  • to have access to information, and efficient sharing of information within the network (i.e. using EDI)

See also:


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  • Yusuf Y, Gunasekaran A, Adeleye E. O, Sivayoganathan K. (2004), Agile supply chain capabilities: Determinants of competitive objectives, European Journal of Operational Research 159 p. 379–392