How Optimizing Network Flows Can Improve Growth Plans

Publication Date 
Friday, August 14, 2015
Source 
Supply Chain Management Review

Optimization models are commonly used to identify cost efficient network flows. This tool is especially useful for modelling complex flows, for example when various products move through a distribution network via multiple paths and transportation modes.

But companies should also be aware of how optimization models can show the possible impact of business growth on network efficiency before embarking on expansion plans. The lessons learned at this stage can help to avoid missteps before the network has to handle higher product volumes.

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