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Research on Mobile Agent System for Agile Supply Chain Management

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Author(s): Wenjuan Wang | Weihui Dai | Weidong Zhao | Tong Li | Guangxue Yue | Chen Xu

Journal: Journal of Software
ISSN 1796-217X

Volume: 6;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 1498;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: mobile agent | multi-agent system | agile supply chain | supply chain management | intelligent

ABSTRACT
Today’s competition between companies has been turned into the competition between their supply chains. To satisfy the rapidly changing demand in global market, Supply Chain Management (SCM) must be agile and flexible enough. In agile SCM, some intelligent activities, such as negotiation, decision and collaboration, have become the “bottleneck” to improve its performance.This paper explored the application of Mobile Agent (MA) to deal with the intelligent activities in SCM and thereof improve its agile capability. First, a mobile agent-based agile SCM work model was presented, and then the development of mobile agent and its application in that SCM were discussed. Finally, the mobile agent system for agile SCM was described by the case of flower trading. It can deal with the trading processes intelligently and automatically.
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