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Buttressing Supply Chains against Floods in Asia for Humanitarian Relief and Economic Recovery

Sodhi, M. and Tang, C. (2014). Buttressing Supply Chains against Floods in Asia for Humanitarian Relief and Economic Recovery. Production and Operations Management, 23(6), pp. 938-950. doi: 10.1111/poms.12111

Abstract

Floods are the most frequent category of disasters worldwide. Among all geographic regions, Asia has suffered the most. While there are several ongoing humanitarian efforts and initiatives, we believe there is a new opportunity to coordinate “last mile” humanitarian efforts in the event of a flood using micro-retailers. Because micro-retailers are the “last mile” nodes in traditional retail supply chains in many Asian countries, we propose the use of social enterprise to buttress these supply chains for distribution of essential goods by coordinating with micro-retailers before and after floods. We also present a stylized model to quantify the benefits of doing so.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Sodhi, M. S. and Tang, C. S. (2014), Buttressing Supply Chains against Floods in Asia for Humanitarian Relief and Economic Recovery. Production and Operations Management, 23: 938–950, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/poms.12111
Publisher Keywords: supply chain design; floods; natural disasters; humanitarian relief; social enterprise; buttressed supply chains; disaster relief
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/8672
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