Factory-on-Demand and Smart Supply Chains: the Next Challenge (ABSTRACT)
Noori, H., & Lee, W.B.
published: 2002 | Research publication | Refereed Journals - ODS
Noori, H., & Lee, W.B. (2002). "Factory-on-Demand and Smart Supply Chains: the Next Challenge", International Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management 4 (5), 371-383.
ABSTRACT: Andy Groves, the Chairman of Intel, recently suggested that in 5 years time all companies will be Internet companies, or they will not be companies at all. For many companies, the ability to mass customize is no longer a differentiator but an imperative. The notion of Factory-on-Demand (FOD) promotes the ability to mass customize in a lean and agile production environment through a collection of production centres. FOD is an electronic network production system which links and shares manufacturing resources in geographically dispersed small firms. In such an environment, as the number of product options increases and the number of supply chain options expands, matching product supply with consumer demand becomes a daunting task. This paper develops a positive understanding of some of the issues and challenges of building a responsive supply chain system.
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