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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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10. Adding Multiple Products and Multisite Production Sourcing

In the previous chapters, we have focused on various aspects of network design, including center of gravity models, service levels, and transportation cost modeling. All of these are key elements to understanding network modeling. However, we have yet to focus on differentiating between various types of products as they move through the supply chain. In this chapter, we will look at adding multiple products to the analysis and understanding its importance as it relates to network design.

Why Model Products?

Firms typically have thousands if not tens of thousands of products or SKUs that they manage and distribute through their supply chain. As we have seen in previous chapters, it ...

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