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Supply Chain and Inventory management practices being followed in Relief Operations

Author(s): Chandra K. Jaggi

The supply chain management is defined as the set of processes to deliver the service or product to the ultimate customer in an efficient manner so that it can optimize the time, resources and cost of the operation. Though, we are living in the envi- ronment of unpredicted incidents i.e. natural or man-made. Therefore, there should be some supply chain mechanism to handle such situations. In this direction, the humanitarian re- lief chain (HRC) which covers all the relief operations similar to the supply chain. In the HRC each and every process is im- portant and mandatory to complete in a sort period of time. The processes are performed to ensure the distribution of relief commodity to the ultimate beneficiary. Furthermore, to ensure the delivery of relief commodities there is need of inventory to fulfill the requirement of relief centers. Hence the inventory management plays a vital role to accomplish the HRC. This talk will discuss a comprehensive study about the supply chain and inventory management practices being followed in the area of HRC. This discussion has greater potential for the researcher to explore the research field of HRC. Thus, this is going to be helpful for academicians and researchers to go through in the research direction.

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