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Chapter 9. Implementing Supply Chain Man... > The Continuing Evolution of e–Supply...

The Continuing Evolution of e–Supply Chains

As we enter the new millennium, a key issue for most managers is the nature of the supply chain in the coming decade. Several examples offer insight into the various ways modern supply chains are evolving.

Traditional supply chains, also called make-to-stock models, are particularly useful in mass-production environments. Production quantities and dates are provided by a sales forecast, with no concern for individual customer requirements. Instead, customers receive shipments from the finished-goods inventory. This means that the irregular demand flow resulting from various customer orders can be smoothed, produced, and warehoused downstream.


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