A manufacturer of a seasonal, bulky commodity is confronted with the problem of how to distribute his product in an efficient and timely manner. The manufacturer's distribution system has been modelled using systems network theory borrowed from electrical engineering. The system's model is then solved utilising linear programming. The results of the anaylsis are represented as a graphical relationship between costs and service. The firm's managers can now better understand the tradeoffs in costs and service associated with alternative distribution systems.
Marien, E. (1972), "THE APPLICATION OF LINEAR PROGRAMMING TO A DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM ORIENTATED TOWARD SERVICE", International Journal of Physical Distribution, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 191-204. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb014279Download as .RIS
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