Agile supply chain management

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Agile supply chain management
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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

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

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

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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  • Christopher, M. (2000). The agile supply chain: competing in volatile markets. Industrial marketing management, 29(1), 37-44.
  • Dove, R. (1996). Agile supply chain management. Automotive Production, 108(4), 16-17.
  • 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