About the Book
Chopra and Meindl's book, Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation, is a comprehensive introduction on supply chain management.
The book is organized into six parts and further divided into fifteen chapters.
In part one, consisting of three chapters, Chopra and Meindl establish a framework for analyzing supply chains. This includes definitions and examples of supply chains, relationships between supply chain strategy and a firm's competitive strategy, and drivers and obstacles of supply chain performance. The key drivers identified are inventory, transportation, facilities, and information.
Part two discusses how to plan supply and demand. The three chapters in this part cover forecasting, aggregate planning, and managing variability in supply and demand.
Part three is on inventory management. The three chapters in part three discuss cycle inventory, safety inventory, and determining the level of product availability.
Part four, in three chapters, covers transportation, network design, and information technology.
Part five covers coordination and e-business in the supply chain.
Part six, a single chapter, covers the financial evaluation of supply chain decisions.
Year of Publication: 2001
Second Edition: 2004
Contents of the Second Edition, 2004
I. BUILDING A STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK TO ANALYZE SUPPLY CHAINS.
1. Understanding the Supply Chain.
2. Supply Chain Performance: Achieving Strategic Fit and Scope.
3. Supply Chain Drivers and Obstacles.
II. DESIGNING THE SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORK.
4. Designing the Distribution Network in a Supply Chain.
5. Network Design in the Supply Chain.
6. Network Design in an Uncertain Environment.
III. PLANNING DEMAND AND SUPPLY.
7. Demand Forecasting in a Supply Chain.
8. Aggregate Planning in the Supply Chain.
9. Planning Supply and Demand in the Supply Chain: Managing Predictable Variability.
IV. PLANNING AND MANAGING INVENTORIES IN A SUPPLY CHAIN.
10. Managing Economies of Scale in the Supply Chain: Cycle Inventory.
11. Managing Uncertainty in the Supply Chain: Safety Inventory.
12. Determining Optimal Level of Product Availability.
V. SOURCING, TRANSPORTING, AND PRICING PRODUCT.
13. Sourcing Decisions in a Supply Chain.
14. Transportation in the Supply Chain.
15. Pricing and Revenue Management in the Supply Chain.
VI. COORDINATION AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN.
16. Coordination in the Supply Chain.
17. Information Technology and the Supply Chain.
18. e-business and the Supply Chain.
Revision Articles on Supply Chain Management Chapters
6. Predictable Variable Demand -Managing and Planning for Supply