16th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE 2007) (2007)
June 18, 2007 to June 20, 2007
Conventional mechanisms for planning supply networks are largely manual and target stable network configurations. For example, rapid delivery times are achieved by co-locating suppliers in "supplier parks" next to the client's manufacturing facilities, but this locks smaller suppliers to the client. More flexibility is provided by the Fourth-Generation Logistics providers, but they also work from the perspective of one manufacturer and not for the benefit of the whole network. Supply networks evolution is also conducted in a haphazard manner, and any run-time disturbances to transport arrangements are dealt with manually. Researchers (e.g. TeleTruck , MaBE ) have approached this problem using run-time bottom-up aggregation of orders and service bundling. This achieves flexibility at run-time, but sacrifices optimality of solutions due to the short time for seeking partnerships, and increased transaction costs.
M. R. Carpenter, N. D. Mehandjiev and I. D. Stalker, "Activity Coordination for Flexible Processes in Instant Virtual Enterprises," 16th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE 2007)(WETICE), Paris, France, 2007, pp. 379-380.