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Retailer supply networks: an anlysis and research perspective

Ben-Ammar, Oussama; Chutani, Anshuman; Delorme, Xavier; Dolgui, Alexandre


Oussama Ben-Ammar

Xavier Delorme

Alexandre Dolgui


With their vast logistics, a large array of products, and large number of suppliers, retailer groups face challenges in optimization of their supply networks. Growing competition, more demanding consumes, increasing price pressures, fluctuating energy prices, and environmental regulations put pressure and also open up opportunities to improve supply chain efficiency and reduce system wide costs. With this objective, retailer groups aiming to take decisions in a range of areas which have a short to medium term scope such as: transportation, inventory replenishment and scheduling, pricing; as well as long term scope such as: logistics network redesign, negotiations and forging new relationships and contractual arrangements with suppliers. The objective of this study is to firstly thoroughly study existing retailer supply chain and logistics networks, the corresponding literature and identify challenges and opportunities. Followed by laying down a framework and a road map for the modeling and analysis for optimization of retailer supply chains and show possible mathematical optimization problems, along with a detailed survey in the existing literature in the field of supply chain optimization.

Conference Name 18th Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Society Conference 2017 (APIEM)
Start Date Dec 3, 2017
End Date Dec 6, 2017
Acceptance Date Dec 6, 2017
Publication Date Dec 22, 2017
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2018
Book Title Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering & Management Systems Conference 2017
Keywords Retailer; supply networks; inventory replenishment; optimization
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