A real application of the theory of constraints to Supply chain management in Brazil

  • Reinaldo Fagundes Dos Santos Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA)
  • Fernando Augusto Silva Marins São Paulo State University (UNESP)
  • João Murta Alves Institute Technological of Aeronautics (ITA)
  • Artur Henrique Moellmann São Paulo State University (UNESP)
Keywords: Theory of Constraints (TOC), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI), Business to Business (B2B), Real Case.

Abstract

This paper presents how the concepts of Theory of Constraints (TOC), Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) and Business-to-Business (B2B) tools can be applied to Supply Chain Management (SCM) in order to improve the global supply chain performance. First of all, the TOC concepts and the SCM dilemma, according to TOC thinking, are to be summarized. After that, an alternative TOC approach to SCM will be described, which uses VMI & B2B to minimize the bullwhip effect and inventory levels, therefore as a SC performance improvement. The proposed approach is illustrated by means of a real case study in a Brazilian middle size company, related to the small appliances production.

Author Biographies

Reinaldo Fagundes Dos Santos, Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA)

Director President at “Siber do Brasil S.A.” in Brazil. He holds the degree of Mechanical Engineer from Industrial Engineer School, the M.Sc. in Aeronautic Mechanic Production Engineering from Institute Technological of Aeronautics, and the Master of Business Administration from Getúlio Vargas Foundation. Currently is a Doctor Degree Student in Aeronautic Mechanic Production Engineering at Institute Technological of Aeronautics. His research interest includes Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Manufacturing Operations and Theory of Constraints.

Fernando Augusto Silva Marins, São Paulo State University (UNESP)

Professor of Engineering College – Campus of Guaratinguetá – São Paulo State University, in Brazil. He holds the degree of Mechanical Engineer from São Paulo State University, the M.Sc. in Operations Research from Institute Technological of Aeronautics, and PhD in Operations Research from State University of Campinas. His research interest includes Operational Research, Simulation and Logistics.

João Murta Alves, Institute Technological of Aeronautics (ITA)

Professor of Production Engineering at Institute Technological of Aeronautics, in Brazil. He holds the degree of Electronic Engineer from PUC Minas, the M.Sc. in Quality from State University of Campinas, and Doctor in Mechanical Engineer from State University of Campinas. His research interest includes Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Quality, Theory of Constraints and Manufacturing Operations.

How to Cite
Dos Santos, R., Marins, F. A., Alves, J., & Moellmann, A. H. (1). A real application of the theory of constraints to Supply chain management in Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 7(2), 81-100. Retrieved from https://bjopm.emnuvens.com.br/bjopm/article/view/V7N2A5_

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