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Title: The responsive reply chain : the influence of the positioning of decoupling points
Author: Alkahtani, Mohammed
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2013
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Manufacturing supply chains have been challenged by high competition, dynamic, and stochastic conditions. They have to be constantly responsive in today's ever-changing manufacturing environment. The proper positioning of decoupling points for material flow and information flow has a significant potential for increasing responsiveness in a supply chain. Positioning the material decoupling point as close to the end consumer as possible whilst the information decoupling point is positioned upstream is the key to the industries' ability to reduce lead time and enhance performance in the dynamic behaviour of the supply chain.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified ; Agile supply chain ; Customer order decoupling point ; Positioning of the customer order decoupling points ; Agility ; Responsiveness ; Material order decoupling point ; Information order decoupling point ; Analysis with simulation modelling ; Literature-based case studies