A supply chain design model with unreliable supply

Lian Qi, Zuo Jun Max Shen

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Uncertainties abound within a supply chain and have big impacts on its performance. We propose an integrated model for a three-tiered supply chain network with one supplier, one or more facilities and retailers. This model takes into consideration the unreliable aspects of a supply chain. The properties of the optimal solution to the model are analyzed to reveal the impacts of supply uncertainty on supply chain design decisions. We also propose a general solution algorithm for this model. Computational experience is presented ana discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-844
Number of pages16
JournalNaval Research Logistics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Management Science and Operations Research


  • Disruption
  • Nonlinear optimization
  • Supply chain design


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