Six Steps to Systematic Network Planning

From defining the project through post-implementation audits, Simplified Supply Network Planning can drive major savings if done correctly

By Chandra Natarajan and Lee Hales

The field of network optimization has evolved to improve the many decisions associated with establishing and managing a complex supply chain network. But in spite of powerful mathematical algorithms and software, a number of challenges make effective planning difficult. To address these challenges, the authors have developed the simple six-step procedure aimed at improving planners' effectiveness on "simple" projects — those using existing models to address problems of relatively limited scope, such as the best existing location at which to add capacity, or the impact of a change in inventory policy, or of adding or closing a branch warehouse.

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