SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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A CONCEPT DEMONSTRATOR FOR SELF-ORGANISING DEMAND-DRIVEN INVENTORY MANAGEMENT IN PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAINS
Marno Du Plessis, Jan H. van Vuuren, Joubert van Eeden

Last modified: 2018-10-09

Abstract


Perennial stock-outs of essential medicines are commonplace in the pharmaceutical supply chains of developing countries. Stock-outs are mainly attributed to a general lack of collective information sharing in pharmaceutical supply chains. In this paper, a  computerised agent-based simulation model concept demonstrator is proposed and demonstrat-ed hypothetically as part of a larger drive to establish the value of leveraging information sharing in pharmaceutical supply chains with a view to enhance decision-making. The objective of this paper is to outline the prerequisite research inputs, design requirements and hypothetical implementation of the aforementioned demonstrator. The work reported on in this paper remains a work in progress.


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