SUNConferences, Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineering 2013

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The Impact Of Product Modularisation On Supply Chain Relationships: A Furniture Industry Perspective
Partson Dube, G Muyengwa, K Battle

Last modified: 2013-06-23

Abstract


This paper aims to present research which explores the application of product modularization within a furniture industry supply chain to demonstrate the degree to which supply chain practices are aligned with product architecture in the furniture industry. The paper uses a case study approach to examine the main elements of modular supply network in the furniture industry. The study focused on the key stages of a modular supply chain in order to identify the application of supply chain practices within the context of modular operations. The findings suggest that there is need to increase supply chain integration to ensure that modular products can compete with traditional integral products. The paper provides useful insights into the dynamics of modular supply chain operations, which illustrate the difficulties associated with integrating modular operations and competing with the traditional integral products.

 

Keywords Supply chain integration, Modularity, Furniture industry, Product architecture, South Africa


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