Cases on Supply Chain and Distribution Management: Issues and Principles

Cases on Supply Chain and Distribution Management: Issues and Principles

Miti Garg (The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific, Singapore) and Sumeet Gupta (Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Technology and Management, India)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: January, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 461|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0065-2
ISBN13: 9781466600652|ISBN10: 1466600659|EISBN13: 9781466600669

Description

Professionals in multinational companies may face several challenges related to the multi-linguistic, multi-faceted aspects of supply chain management in developing and developed economies. Under-developed infrastructures, archaic technology and lack of knowledge of indigenous supply chain management systems have hampered the growth of markets and indigenous businesses in emerging economies.

Cases on Supply Chain and Distribution Management: Issues and Principles introduces readers to a wide selection of case studies covering a multitude of supply chains in different economies of the world and examines major issues related to supply chain management. Concerned with the complete management of the flow of goods, information, and finances, the discipline of supply chain management merits an in-depth analysis. This book presents the latest knowledge on different types of supply chains that exist within the world business environment and acts as catalyst for incumbent global corporations to understand and work around inefficient supply chains, particularly in emerging economies.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Aeronautical Supply Chains
  • Analyzing Military Logistics and Commercial Logistics
  • Automotive Supply Chains
  • Eco-Friendly Supply Chain Management
  • Healthcare Information Supply Chain
  • Retail Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Supply Chains of Commodity Products
  • Trade Friendliness of Logistics Services
  • Transport and Logistics

Reviews and Testimonials

Enjoy reading this book, the case studies presented will stimulate ideas and hopefully will make you question how you can improve your supply chain.We all challenge you to make your supply chain greener and better!

– Donato Caporale, National University of Singapore -- The Logisitics Institute, Singapore

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Preface

This book is an attempt to bring cases from all over the world (both developing and developed countries) on a common platform to identify specific issues/ challenges in supply chains and propose solutions for dealing with such issues. Professionals in multinational companies, while well-versed with the principles of supply chain management, may face several challenges in relating to the multi-linguistic, multi-faceted aspects of supply chain management in developing and developed economies. Under-developed infrastructure, archaic technology, red-tapism as well as a lack of knowledge of indigenous supply chain management systems has hampered growth of markets as well as of indigenous businesses and budding entrepreneurs in emerging economies. High cost of labor, outsourcing of production and excessive mechanization are some challenges faced in developed economies. Overcoming these challenges requires an in-depth understanding of the nuances of operating and managing a supply chain in developing as well as developed economies. Multilayered distribution systems have been prevalent since centuries, particularly in the traditional societies of India, China and Japan. The ‘dabbahwallahs’ of Mumbai who carry lunch tiffins to millions of office goers everyday and the ‘bicycle couriers’ of Manhattan and Tokyo who beat the traffic and the weather to hand courier documents on bikes are examples of indigenous distribution systems. With the advent of EDI, Internet and advanced communication and collaboration technologies, a number of countries are transforming their supply chains. Basically, the manufacturers attempt to remove the middlemen, increase the visibility along the supply chain, and reduce the order-to-deliver cycle. Moreover, the pressures of ensuing competition and consequent cost-cutting drives makes it mandatory for companies to look for efficiency in supply chain processes.  In spite of the strong efforts, supply chains pose a number of issues and challenges that make supply chain transformation difficult, if not impossible. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the issues and how various companies are addressing these issues. 

By including case studies on supply chains from all over the world, we want our readers to be able to understand the issues as well as proposed or actual solution to supply chain issues faced in developed and developing countries. By incorporating empirical studies this books will act as a catalyst for incumbent global corporations to understand and work around inefficient supply chains, particularly in emerging economies. 

In this edited book we propose to bridge the knowledge gap by introducing our readers to a wide selection of case studies which cover a multitude of supply chains in different economies of the world and examine the major issues related to supply chain management. Set in the current economic scenario, the book presents the latest knowledge and developments in this field in the different types of supply chains that exist within the world business environment. Supply Chain Management or the complete management of the flow of goods, information and finances is a vast discipline which merits an in depth analysis.
Target Audience

The book is intended for both academia and entrepreneurs. The academics will understand the course on distribution management and supply chains better with live case studies. The industry and entrepreneurs will use it to understand the issues and workaround solutions to deal with such issues. The Government may find this book suitable for them to understand the inefficiencies and workaround solutions for a countrywide transformation of supply chains in the country. 

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Miti Garg graduated with M.Sc. (Management) by Research from the NUS School of Business in 2006. She obtained her Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch.) from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India in 2001. She joined TLI-AP as a Research Engineer in 2006 and has been part of the team for projects for agencies such as ASEAN and industry leaders such as SAP and NOL. She has also been appointed as project lead for projects with industry partners such as DFS Gallerias and Motorola. She is actively involved in industry and academics-related research.
Sumeet Gupta is an Associate Professor (Faculty of Management) at Shri Shankaracharya Group of Institutions, India. He received PhD (Information systems) as well as MBA from National University of Singapore. He also worked as a research fellow with The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific, Singapore, where he worked on consultancy projects with SAP A.G., DFS Gallerias, ASEAN secretariat, and EDB Singapore. He has published several papers in top tier International journals (Decision Support Systems, International Journal of e-Commerce, European Journal of Operations Research, Information Resources Management Journal, Information and Management, Psychology and Marketing, Electronic Markets, and Omega-An International Journal of Management Science, International Journal of Electronic Business) and Conferences (International Conference of Information Systems, AMCIS, ECIS, AOM and POMS. He has received Accredited Management Teacher Certification from All India Management Association, India. His research interests are in Supply Chain Management, Virtual Community, Internet security and privacy as well as technology adoption.

Indices

Editorial Board

  • Dr. Mark Goh, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Dr. Robert De Souza, The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific
  • Dr. Hee-Woong Kim, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Dr. Xu Heng, Pennsylvania  State University, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Dr. Wang Qiuhong, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Dr. Roya Gholami, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • Dr. Yang Xue, Nan Jing University, China
  • Dr. Balan Sundarakani, University of Wollongong, Dubai
  • Dr. Mukta Bansal, National University of Singapore