Build-to-order supply chain network design under supply and demand uncertainties

Cheng Chang Lin, Tsai Hsin Wang

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Supply chain disruptions are unintended, unwanted situations resulting in a negative supply chain performance. We study the supply chain network design under supply and demand uncertainty with embedded supply chain disruption mitigation strategies, postponement with downward substitution, centralized stocking and supplier sourcing base. We designed an integrated supply-side, manufacturing and demand-side operations network in such that the total expected operating cost is minimized. We modeled it in a deterministic equivalent formulation. An L-shaped decomposition with an additional decomposition step in the master problem is proposed. The computational results showed that parallel sourcing has a cost advantage against single sourcing under supply disruptions. In addition, the build-to-order (BTO) manufacturing mitigation process has its greatest impact with high variations on demands and is integrated with the component downward substitution. Lastly, the manufacturer needs to order differentiated components to cover its requirement for maximal product demand to prevent the loss of sale, even with fewer modules in stock.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1162-1176
Number of pages15
JournalTransportation Research Part B: Methodological
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


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