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The impact of flexibility on operational supply chain planning


  • Schütz, Peter
  • Tomasgard, Asgeir


We study in this paper the effects of volume flexibility, delivery flexibility and operational decision flexibility in operational supply chain planning under uncertain demand. We use a rolling schedule to plan supply chain operations for a whole year. The planning horizon is 4 weeks with deterministic demand in the first week and predicted for the following 3 weeks. Using a case from the Norwegian meat industry, we compare the annual operating results of using a two-stage stochastic programming model to the deterministic expected value problem in order to discuss the impact of flexibility in the supply chain.

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  • Schütz, Peter & Tomasgard, Asgeir, 2011. "The impact of flexibility on operational supply chain planning," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 134(2), pages 300-311, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:134:y:2011:i:2:p:300-311

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