The supply chain complexity triangle: Uncertainty generation in the supply chain

  title={The supply chain complexity triangle: Uncertainty generation in the supply chain},
  author={Richard Wilding},
  journal={International Journal of Physical Distribution \& Logistics Management},
  • R. Wilding
  • Published 1 November 1998
  • Business
  • International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
Since the late 1950s it has been recognised that the systems used internally within supply chains can lead to oscillations in demand and inventory as orders pass through the system. The uncertainty generated by these oscillations can result in late deliveries, order cancellations and an increased reliance on inventory to buffer these effects. Despite the best efforts of organisations to stabilise the dynamics generated, industry still experiences a high degree of uncertainty from this source… 

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