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Delivering Performance in Food Supply Chains by G Stevens, C Mena

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Improving responsiveness in food supply chains

A. Harrison,     Cranfield University, UK

Abstract:

What happens when demand becomes very difficult to plan and the risk of wastage and stockouts increases? This chapter begins by considering the role of agility in supply chains today and compares it with lean thinking, addressing these challenges by reviewing the supply chains for two products – bacalao (salted fish) and bagged salads. The bacalao supply chain allows a comparison of agile and lean supply chains, while the Vitacress bagged salad case shows the principles of coping with rapid response and freshness integrated with 6-week growing cycles. The chapter ends with a summary of the nature of agile supply chains in terms of logistics ...

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