A concept demonstrator for self-organising demand-driven inventory management in pharmaceutical supply chains
CITATION: Du Plessis, M., Van Vuuren, J. H. & Van Eeden, J. 2018. A concept demonstrator for self-organising demand-driven inventory management in pharmaceutical supply chains. In SAIIE29 Proceedings, 24-26 October 2018, Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Perennial stock-outs of essential medicines are commonplace in the pharmaceutical supply chains of developing countries. Stock-outs are mainly attributed to a general lack of collective information sharing in pharmaceutical supply chains. In this paper, a computerised agent-based simulation model concept demonstrator is proposed and demonstrated hypothetically as part of a larger drive to establish the value of leveraging information sharing in pharmaceutical supply chains with a view to enhance decision-making. The objective of this paper is to outline the prerequisite research inputs, design requirements and hypothetical implementation of the aforementioned demonstrator. The work reported on in this paper remains a work in progress.