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
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)
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