Demands Along The Supply Chain

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Nick T. Thomopoulos


Supply Chain, Monthly Demands, Customers, Dealers, Distribution Centers, Suppliers, Normally Distributed, Lumpy Months-in-Buy and Coefficient-of-Variation


This paper describes how the monthly demands vary at the locations along the supply chain, coming from the customers to a dealer onto a distribution center and finally to a supplier.  The mean, standard deviation and coefficient of variation are measured for each of the locations.  The results indicate when the demands tend to be normally distributed and when non-normal.


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