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

Production and Operations Management, Forthcoming

30 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2013

See all articles by ManMohan S. Sodhi

ManMohan S. Sodhi

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Christopher S. Tang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management (DOTM) Area

Date Written: February 13, 2013

Abstract

Floods are the most frequent category of disasters worldwide. Among all geographical 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.

Keywords: supply chain design, floods, natural disasters, humanitarian relief, social enterprise, buttressed supply chains, disaster relief, Asia

Suggested Citation

Sodhi, ManMohan S. and Tang, Christopher S., Buttressing Supply Chains against Floods in Asia for Humanitarian Relief and Economic Recovery (February 13, 2013). Production and Operations Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2234478

ManMohan S. Sodhi (Contact Author)

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )

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London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

Christopher S. Tang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management (DOTM) Area ( email )

110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States

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