Title: Using VMI to improve supply chain performance of a public enterprise in Thailand

Authors: Thananya Wasusri; Buntita Pongcheep

Addresses: Graduate School of Management and Innovation, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 126 Pracha Uthit Rd, Bang Mod, Thung Khru, Bangkok, 10140, Thailand ' Graduate School of Management and Innovation, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 126 Pracha Uthit Rd, Bang Mod, Thung Khru, Bangkok, 10140, Thailand

Abstract: Supply chain management is well recognised and implemented in private sectors, but the beneficial of supply chain management in public sector is limited shown in the literature. This paper presents a comprehensive supply chain simulation study for a real case of Thai public sector focusing on its material supply network. The supply network consists of four stages in inventory system: head office, regional warehouse, main warehouse and service warehouse. This study aims to propose three different strategies according to the combination of purchasing structure and vendor managed inventory (VMI) with targeting to reduce lead time and cost. The discrete event simulation (DES) is a powerful tool used to reveal the supply chain performances. The three strategies result in shorter lead time and cost reduction. The decentralised purchasing with VMI on each echelon to support continuous replenishment offers the best solution. The managerial implication is provided to enable the enterprise to improve the supply chain performance measures.

Keywords: vendor managed inventory; VMI; supply chain; distribution; supply network; purchasing; public procurement; public sector; discrete event simulation; performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2017.087788

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2017 Vol.28 No.4, pp.464 - 485

Received: 11 Feb 2016
Accepted: 20 Jul 2016

Published online: 03 Oct 2017 *

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