Keywords: production-distribution models, supply chain management, SCM, supply chain design, production-distribution planning, reverse logistics, information technology, distributed manufacturing
Strategic tactical and operational production-distribution models: a review
The concept of supply chain management is gaining so much importance that the firms can compete in today's global economy. This paper provides a detailed literature survey of previous research on supply chain management literature at strategic, tactical, operational levels and reverse logistics, but we limited our research only to the models developed for production and distribution problems. We scrutinise the previous reviews in order to distinguish our research from the others. In the light of these previous reviews, we have developed our classification scheme. The models reviewed in this research have been classified in terms of the solution methodology used. These are: optimisation-based models, metaheuristic-based models, information technology (IT)-driven models and hybrid models. The objective is to develop a framework for the existing literature to reveal major trends in the literature and to explore research opportunities in this area.