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Logistics of Supply Operations

Margaret Bruce, Lucy Daly, Neil Towers (2004) Lean or agile: A solution for supply chain management in the textiles and clothing industry, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Bradford: Vol. 24, Iss. 1/2; pg. 151

Van der Vorst, J., Van Dijk, S., & Beulens, A., (2001). Supply chain design in the food industry. International Journal of Logistics Management 12(2), 73-86.

Bergmann, Richard and Ganesan Ramachandran (2010 Mar) Right-shoring: New insights for the post-meltdown economy� Logistics Management (2002): Highland Ranch, Vol. 49, Iss. 3, pg 34, 1 pgs

Based on the above articles and the background materials, answer the following four questions :

Q1. What is meant by the term "Leagility" in reference to supply chain design? (Be sure to explain the relationship leagility has with the lean and agility paradigms).

Q2. Why is information and transportation technology critical in supporting a leagile supply chain design?

Q3. In general, does globalization favor a leagile solution to the supply chain?

Q4. Would you say, Bergmann and Ramachandran's article calling for a global sourcing strategy that focuses more attention on near-shoring encourages or discourages a leagile supply chain design? Explain!

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Leagility is the combination of two words, "lean" and "agility", both of which represent concepts of supply chain management used throughout all industry sectors. Lean concepts are utilized by supply chain managers to keep costs low by eliminating waste while agile supply chains are used to ensure the proper amount of product reaches the correct location at the right time. Where demand is stable and the margin is low, lean supply chain management works in optimal fashion. However, products with a high margin in a volatile market require an agile supply chain to meet the needs.

The lean supply chain allows for consistency. Consistency provides for long-range contracts with shippers, which decreased costs. Consistency also allows for optimization of the production line to help create the product at the lowest possible cost. Regular production afforded by a lean supply chain creates the opportunity for a manager to run factories at optimal capacity utilizing the right mix of automation and manpower to minimize operational costs. One of the drawbacks of the lean supply chain is the long ...

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The logistics of supply operations are examined.