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MGMT 346: Chapter 14--Lean Supply Chains: Introduction

Chapter 14: Lean Supply Chains

The Interconnected Modern Supply Chain

The supply chain for medical needs during the pandemic has highlighted the weaknesses of modern
global supply chain management.

In lean operations, demand management, procurement management, and fulfillment management are
integrally interrelated. The removal of redundancies in the supply chain, the reliance on offshoring, and
the lack of a larger safety cushion are part of the just-in-time global supply chain design.

During this pandemic, the just-in-time system has backfired, causing critical healthcare supplies to be
insufficient in both quantity and location.

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