Virtual Distribution Systems: An integrated model with research initiatives

Wai Ting Ngai, Bernard K.S. Cheung, S. S. Lam

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In this article, we attempt to give a comprehensive review of how classical supply chain models have evolved with advances in information technology and its related branches of knowledge. To illustrate a possible solution to meet the challenges of the present day, we propose a model of a Virtual Distribution System for a supplier (or a group of suppliers) to use in planning and operating the distribution of goods and merchandise to customers over the entire region. These customers often demand that the products they have ordered be delivered to their preferred destinations in a highly efficient way. The modular structure of this system enables it to be more flexible and responsive to dynamic changes in the market. Illustrative example of the solution obtained by the main distribution model is given in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-79
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2008


  • Information technologies
  • Integrated model
  • Virtual Distribution System

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


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