An application of a system analysis methodology to manage logistics in a textile supply chain

Charu Chandra (Charu Chandra is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan, USA.)
Sameer Kumar (Sameer Kumar is Professor in the Department of Manufacturing Systems and Engineering, University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota, USA.)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Publication date: 1 December 2000


One of the common problems encountered in managing a supply chain is that of synchronisation of activities throughout the life cycle of its products. Among several initiatives in the US textiles industry to deal with the problem, one in particular aims to achieve quick response (QR) in the supply chain through accurate response (AR). AR is an approach to forecasting, planning, and production that builds on QR capabilities within the supply chain organisation. In order to achieve this, a total systems perspective is necessary requiring analysis of activities. This paper describes a formal system analysis methodology utilising design principles that builds on activities, and utilises models that achieve synchronisation through waste management in inventory for a textile garment supply chain. The generic features of this activity‐based problem representation methodology hold promise for its common application across supplier/consumer class of system problems.



Chandra, C. and Kumar, S. (2000), "An application of a system analysis methodology to manage logistics in a textile supply chain", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 5 No. 5, pp. 234-245.

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