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The Definitive Guide to Modern Supply Chain Management (Collection) by Sara Lewis, Michael Watson, John Bell, Thomas J. Goldsby, Peter Cacioppi, Jay Jayaraman, Chuck Munson, Chad W. Autry, Mark A. Moon

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2. Intuition Building with Center of Gravity Models

The simplest facility-location problem is the center of gravity (COG) problem. This is also a good place to start building intuition for more complicated models.

Center of gravity problems are ubiquitous in everyday life. When two children position themselves on a teeter-totter so that their different weights are in equilibrium, they are intuitively solving a two-body center of gravity problem. When a waitress loads a tray with an impressively large number of drinks and plates, and then balances the entire arrangement by positioning her hand in an unexpectedly off-center position, she is solving a center of gravity problem.

These problems come from our intuition of physics, and it is natural ...

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