Title: Redesigning a transportation network: the case of a pharmaceutical supply chain

Authors: Afaf Haial; Abdelaziz Berrado; Loubna Benabbou

Addresses: Equipe MOAD-SCM, EMI, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco ' Equipe AMIPS, EMI, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco ' Equipe MOAD-SCM, EMI, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Abstract: Designing transportation networks - as one of the most important decision problems in supply chain management - has become the focus of research attention in recent years. This paper introduces a framework which deals with the design of a transportation network for pharmaceutical supply chains. It consists of three steps: 1) identifying the configuration of the current distribution network; 2) designing an optimal distribution network while determining the appropriate location-allocation decisions; 3) choosing the most appropriate transportation network through the application of the appropriate multi-criteria decision analysis method (MCDA). The proposed framework is illustrated in redesigning a transportation network for a pharmaceutical supply chain.

Keywords: pharmaceutical products supply chain; supply chain transportation network; location-allocation; multi-criteria decision analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2020.103866

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2020 Vol.35 No.1, pp.90 - 118

Received: 17 May 2017
Accepted: 18 Jun 2018

Published online: 27 Nov 2019 *

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