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Title: Virtual Distribution Systems : an integrated model with research initiatives
Authors: Ngai, EWT 
Cheung, BKS
Lam, SS
Keywords: Information technologies
Integrated model
Virtual Distribution System
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: InterScience
Source: International journal of logistics systems and management, 2008, v. 4, no. 1, p. 61-79 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of logistics systems and management 
Abstract: In this article, we attempt to give a comprehensive review of how classical supply chain models have evolved with advances in information technology and its related branches of knowledge. To illustrate a possible solution to meet the challenges of the present day, we propose a model of a Virtual Distribution System for a supplier (or a group of suppliers) to use in planning and operating the distribution of goods and merchandise to customers over the entire region. These customers often demand that the products they have ordered be delivered to their preferred destinations in a highly efficient way. The modular structure of this system enables it to be more flexible and responsive to dynamic changes in the market. Illustrative example of the solution obtained by the main distribution model is given in the paper.
ISSN: 1742-7967
EISSN: 1742-7975
DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2008.015928
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