Title: Supplier selection using combined AHP and GRA for a pump manufacturing industry

Authors: M. Sandeep, S. Kumanan, S. Vinodh

Addresses: Department of Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli – 620015, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Department of Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli – 620015, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Department of Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli – 620015, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract: A supply chain encompasses all activities associated with the flow and transformation of goods, along with information from the raw material stage to the end user stage. Supply Chain Management (SCM) focuses on supplier selection for improvement of customer service, profitability and business performance. Supplier selection is a Multi-criteria Decision Making (MCDM) problem. Several approaches are proposed in the literature for supplier selection and needs attention. In this paper the combined Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Grey Relational Analysis (GRA) approach is used for the supplier selection process. A case study is presented to exemplify the methodology.

Keywords: SCM; supply chain management; supplier selection; multicriteria decision making; MCDM; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; grey relational analysis; pump manufacturing; raw materials; end users; customer service; profitability; business performance; business improvement; Coimbatore; Tamil Nadu; India; Jay Pumps; logistics systems; logistics management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2011.042053

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2011 Vol.10 No.1, pp.40 - 52

Published online: 23 Aug 2011 *

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