Title: An information system for supplementing decision-making in transnational supply chains and its application in the thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display industry

Authors: Nai-Chieh Wei; Shun-Yuan Yao; Kuo-Chuan Cheng; Chiung-Fen Huang

Addresses: Department of Industrial Management, I-Shou University, No. 1, Sec. 1, Syuecheng Rd., Kaohsiung City 84001, Taiwan ' Department of Industrial Management, I-Shou University, No. 1, Sec. 1, Syuecheng Rd., Kaohsiung City 84001, Taiwan ' Department of Industrial Management, I-Shou University, No. 1, Sec. 1, Syuecheng Rd., Kaohsiung City 84001, Taiwan ' Institute of Information Management, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Abstract: Supply chain management has become one of the fastest-growing areas of commercial intelligence application, and TFT-LCD is the next highlight in Taiwan after the rise of the semi-conductors. By combining the international supply chain management in the TFT-LCD industry to integrate its upstream and downstream supply chains, the core competitiveness of the enterprises can be upgraded. This paper proposes a vertical integration model for international supply chains and discovers the best solution in order to achieve the optimum profit. The system integrates factors such as hierarchical BOMs, transfer pricing, taxes, changes in demands, etc., and it can support international enterprises in dynamic environments to attain the optimal output allocation, production, and distribution decisions to maximise their profits. The system interface is structured around WebGIS (geographic information system). It connects models, data, and maps so that users can search, update and perform optimisation within the supply chain as necessary.

Keywords: supply chain; TFT-LCD; optimisation; geographic information system; optimum profit; 'Two Trillion and Twin Star' industries; development plan; bullwhip effect; economic order quantity; EOQ; branch-bound algorithm; demand forecast; global supply chain.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2021.10041368

International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation, 2021 Vol.9 No.2, pp.130 - 152

Received: 14 Nov 2020
Accepted: 12 Apr 2021

Published online: 22 Sep 2021 *

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