The Actual Nature of Lead Times in Supply Chains Following a Strict Reorder Point Based Approach

Peter Nielsen , Zbigniew Michna , Izabela Ewa Nielsen


The aim of this research is to demonstrate that supply chains by their very nature will experience stochastic rather than deterministic lead times. The presented study focuses on simulating delivery lead times in supply chains, where each echelon is servicing the next downstream member from inventory. The aim is to highlight the need for increased research focus on supply chains with stochastic lead times. Through a simple numerical example we conclusively show that lead times in any real supply chain following a re-order point method must be stochastic even in the case where lead times between individual echelons are in fact deterministic
Author Peter Nielsen - Aalborg University
Peter Nielsen,,
, Zbigniew Michna (MISaF / IZM / KMiC)
Zbigniew Michna,,
- Katedra Matematyki i Cybernetyki
, Izabela Ewa Nielsen - Aalborg University
Izabela Ewa Nielsen,,
Publication size in sheets0.5
Book Wilimowska Zofia, Borzemski Leszek, Świątek Jerzy (eds.): Information Systems Architecture and Technology: Proceedings of 38th International Conference on Information Systems Architecture and Technology – ISAT 2017, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 657, 2018, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-67222-9, [978-3-319-67223-6], 390 p., DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-67223-6
Keywords in Englishlead times, supply chain, bull whip effect, stochastic lead times
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 2
Citation count*3 (2020-08-06)
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