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Chains

Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1416998616
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From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling first novel in the historical middle grade The Seeds of America trilogy that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual. As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

House of Chains

House of Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1429926600
Author: Steven Erikson
Publisher: Macmillan
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House of Chains by Steven Erikson Book Resume:

Best selling author Steven Erikson returns with the latest in the morbid history of the Malazan Empire In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny. Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Tavore, the Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of Seven Cities. New to command, she must hone twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits but for a handful of veterans of Coltaine's legendary march, into a force capable of challenging the massed hordes of Sha'ik's Whirlwind who lie in wait in the heart of the Holy Desert. But waiting is never easy. The seer's warlords are locked into a power struggle that threatens the very soul of the rebellion, while Sha'ik herself suffers, haunted by the knowledge of her nemesis: her own sister, Tavore. And so begins this awesome new chapter in Steven Erikson's acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen . . . At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Markov Chains and Mixing Times: Second Edition

Markov Chains and Mixing Times: Second Edition [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1470429624
Author: David A. Levin,Yuval Peres
Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.
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Markov Chains and Mixing Times: Second Edition by David A. Levin,Yuval Peres Book Resume:

This book is an introduction to the modern theory of Markov chains, whose goal is to determine the rate of convergence to the stationary distribution, as a function of state space size and geometry. This topic has important connections to combinatorics, statistical physics, and theoretical computer science. Many of the techniques presented originate in these disciplines. The central tools for estimating convergence times, including coupling, strong stationary times, and spectral methods, are developed. The authors discuss many examples, including card shuffling and the Ising model, from statistical mechanics, and present the connection of random walks to electrical networks and apply it to estimate hitting and cover times. The first edition has been used in courses in mathematics and computer science departments of numerous universities. The second edition features three new chapters (on monotone chains, the exclusion process, and stationary times) and also includes smaller additions and corrections throughout. Updated notes at the end of each chapter inform the reader of recent research developments.

Invisible Chains

Invisible Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1462520642
Author: Lisa Aronson Fontes
Publisher: Guilford Publications
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Invisible Chains by Lisa Aronson Fontes Book Resume:

When you are showered with attention, it can feel incredibly romantic and can blind you to hints of problems ahead. But what happens when attentiveness becomes domination? In some relationships, the desire to control leads to jealousy, threats, micromanaging--even physical violence. If you or someone you care about are trapped in a web of coercive control, this book provides answers, hope, and a way out. Lisa Aronson Fontes draws on both professional expertise and personal experience to help you: *Recognize controlling behaviors of all kinds. *Understand why this destructive pattern occurs. *Determine whether you are in danger and if your partner can change. *Protect yourself and your kids. *Find the support and resources you need. *Take action to improve or end your relationship. *Regain your freedom and independence.

The Chain

The Chain [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0316531243
Author: Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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When a mother is targeted by a dangerous group of masterminds, she must commit a crime to save her kidnapped daughter—or risk losing her forever—in this "propulsive and original" award-winning thriller (Stephen King). It's something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it's a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn't do as she's told, the boy will die. "You are not the first. And you will certainly not be the last."Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals—and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim, and then commit a horrible act you'd have thought yourself incapable of just twenty-four hours ago. But what the masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. It turns out that kidnapping is only the beginning. "McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give in: this writing—sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor—should be savored." —Tana French "A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it." —Don Winslow "Diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word "relentless". Adrian McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He's the real deal." —Dennis Lehane "Pairing an irresistible concept with a winner protagonist, The Chain promises to be your new addiction once you succumb to the first enticing page." —Alafair Burke "A grade-A-first-rate-edge-of-your-seat thriller. I can't believe what went through my mind while reading it." —Attica Locke

Markov Chains and Mixing Times

Markov Chains and Mixing Times [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780821886274
Author: David Asher Levin,Yuval Peres,Elizabeth Lee Wilmer
Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.
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Markov Chains and Mixing Times by David Asher Levin,Yuval Peres,Elizabeth Lee Wilmer Book Resume:

This book is an introduction to the modern approach to the theory of Markov chains. The main goal of this approach is to determine the rate of convergence of a Markov chain to the stationary distribution as a function of the size and geometry of the state space. The authors develop the key tools for estimating convergence times, including coupling, strong stationary times, and spectral methods. Whenever possible, probabilistic methods are emphasized. The book includes many examples and provides brief introductions to some central models of statistical mechanics. Also provided are accounts of random walks on networks, including hitting and cover times, and analyses of several methods of shuffling cards. As a prerequisite, the authors assume a modest understanding of probability theory and linear algebra at an undergraduate level. Markov Chains and Mixing Times is meant to bring the excitement of this active area of research to a wide audience.

Understanding Markov Chains

Understanding Markov Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9814451517
Author: Nicolas Privault
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
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Understanding Markov Chains by Nicolas Privault Book Resume:

This book provides an undergraduate introduction to discrete and continuous-time Markov chains and their applications. A large focus is placed on the first step analysis technique and its applications to average hitting times and ruin probabilities. Classical topics such as recurrence and transience, stationary and limiting distributions, as well as branching processes, are also covered. Two major examples (gambling processes and random walks) are treated in detail from the beginning, before the general theory itself is presented in the subsequent chapters. An introduction to discrete-time martingales and their relation to ruin probabilities and mean exit times is also provided, and the book includes a chapter on spatial Poisson processes with some recent results on moment identities and deviation inequalities for Poisson stochastic integrals. The concepts presented are illustrated by examples and by 72 exercises and their complete solutions.

Handbook on Global Value Chains

Handbook on Global Value Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1788113772
Author: Stefano Ponte
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
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Handbook on Global Value Chains by Stefano Ponte Book Resume:

Global value chains (GVCs) are a key feature of the global economy in the 21st century. They show how international investment and trade create cross-border production networks that link countries, firms and workers around the globe. This Handbook describes how GVCs arise and vary across industries and countries, and how they have evolved over time in response to economic and political forces. With chapters written by leading interdisciplinary scholars, the Handbook unpacks the key concepts of GVC governance and upgrading, and explores policy implications for advanced and developing economies alike. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial}

Global Supply Chains in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Global Supply Chains in the Pharmaceutical Industry [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1522559221
Author: Nozari, Hamed,Szmelter, Agnieszka
Publisher: IGI Global
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Global Supply Chains in the Pharmaceutical Industry by Nozari, Hamed,Szmelter, Agnieszka Book Resume:

In a rapidly growing global economy, where there is a constant emergence of new business models and dynamic changes to the business ecosystem, there is a need for the integration of traditional, new, and hybrid concepts in the complex structure of supply chain management. Within the fast-paced pharmaceutical industry, product strategy, life cycles, and distribution must maintain the highest level of agility. Therefore, organizations need strong supply chain capabilities to profitably compete in the marketplace. Global Supply Chains in the Pharmaceutical Industry provides innovative insights into the efforts needed to build and maintain a strong supply chain network in order to achieve efficient fulfillment of demand, drive outstanding customer value, enhance organizational responsiveness, and build network resiliency. This publication is designed for supply chain managers, policymakers, researchers, academicians, and students, and covers topics centered on economic cycles, sustainable development, and new forces in the global economy.

Operations Management

Operations Management [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0133872688
Author: Lee J. Krajewski,Manoj K. Malhotra,Larry P. Ritzman
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Operations Management by Lee J. Krajewski,Manoj K. Malhotra,Larry P. Ritzman Book Resume:

NOTE: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyOMLab does not come packaged with this content. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MyOMLab search for ISBN-10: 013411020X/ISBN-13: 9780133872132 . That package includes ISBN-10: 0133872130/ISBN-13: 9780133872132 and ISBN-10: 0133885585/ISBN-13: 9780133885583. For undergraduate and graduate operations management courses. This package includes MyOMLab™. A managerial approach to operations management Operations Management provides students with a comprehensive framework for addressing operational process and supply chain issues and uses a systemized approach while focusing on issues of current interest. The text has ample opportunities for students to experience the role of a manager with challenging problems, cases, a library of videos customized to the individual chapters, simulations, experiential exercises, and tightly integrated online resources. Fully integrated with MyOMLab, students and instructors alike will benefit from personalized learning and a dynamic set of assessment tools that will help improve performance in the course. Also available with MyOMLab ™ MyOMLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students practice what they learn, test their understanding, and pursue a personalized study plan that helps them better absorb course material and understand difficult concepts.

Markov Chains

Markov Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1475731248
Author: Pierre Bremaud
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
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Markov Chains by Pierre Bremaud Book Resume:

Primarily an introduction to the theory of stochastic processes at the undergraduate or beginning graduate level, the primary objective of this book is to initiate students in the art of stochastic modelling. However it is motivated by significant applications and progressively brings the student to the borders of contemporary research. Examples are from a wide range of domains, including operations research and electrical engineering. Researchers and students in these areas as well as in physics, biology and the social sciences will find this book of interest.

Cost Management in Supply Chains

Cost Management in Supply Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3662113775
Author: Stefan Seuring,Maria Goldbach
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Cost Management in Supply Chains by Stefan Seuring,Maria Goldbach Book Resume:

Supply Chain Management and Cost Management are important developments helping companies to respond to increased global competition and demanding customer needs. Within the 23 chapters of the book, more than 35 authors provide insights into new concepts for cost control in supply chains. The frameworks presented are illustrated with case studies from the automotive, textile, white goods, and transportation industry as well as from retailing. Academics will benefit from the wide range of approaches presented, while practitioners will learn from the examples how their own company and the supply chains which they compete in, can be brought to lower costs and better performance.

Towards effective food chains

Towards effective food chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9086861482
Author: Jacques Trienekens,Jan Top,Jack van der Vorst,Adrie Beulens
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
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Towards effective food chains by Jacques Trienekens,Jan Top,Jack van der Vorst,Adrie Beulens Book Resume:

Food chain management research can help in the analysis and redesign of value creation and the product flow throughout the chain from primary producer down to the consumer. The aim is to meet consumer and societal requirements effectively at minimal cost. In the Wageningen UR strategic research program, Agrologistics and Supply Chains (2005-2009), a large number of Wageningen UR research institutes were involved in multi-disciplinary and applied research projects in order to shed light on diverse food supply chain management challenges such as, design of chain strategies, collaboration efficiencies between chain partners, management of risks in chains, innovative modeling concepts and application of information technologies. This book presents the results of this program. It offers a diverse disciplinary spectrum on food supply chains and it's challenges in 15 chapters. It contributes considerably to the advancement of our knowledge on management and control of food supply chains.

Agri-Food Commodity Chains and Globalising Networks

Agri-Food Commodity Chains and Globalising Networks [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317183517
Author: Richard Le Heron
Publisher: Routledge
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Agri-Food Commodity Chains and Globalising Networks by Richard Le Heron Book Resume:

Within the international agri-food community at least four theoretical targets are attracting increasing attention. They are: (1) the established notions of networks and commodity chains that are being revisited by way of critical engagement informed by the insights of in-depth empirical work, (2) the metrics of calculation and institutional embedding that underpin the rise and functionality of governance technologies, (3) the place of regional networking in creating conditions that make possible agri-food producer participation in local provisioning and supply, and (4) the geo-historical dimensions of interconnection and interdependency in the agri-food sphere. This volume brings together an interdisciplinary team of anthropologists, economists, business and management academics and geographers to examine a wide range of case studies illustrating various agri-food commodity chains and networks around the world and to discuss how they link globally.

Quality and risk management in agri-food chains

Quality and risk management in agri-food chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9086862365
Author: Brigitte Petersen,Manfred Nüssel,Martin Hamer
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
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Quality and risk management in agri-food chains by Brigitte Petersen,Manfred Nüssel,Martin Hamer Book Resume:

'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'. While it may be true that a balanced diet is a prerequisite for good health, how good is what we eat and drink every day? And is it actually possible to fulfil every customer desire with the vast array of foodstuffs on offer? BSE, dioxin in eggs, EHEC sprouts: in the light of repeated food safety crises, the issue of quality assurance as well as customer-oriented quality management has become of prime importance for the agri-food industry. This sector features highly complex value-added chains, which means that quality deficiencies or contaminations can quickly lead to far-reaching problems with serious consequences for consumers and businesses. What can be done to reduce this vulnerability to crises? The only solution is to establish systematic methods of quality management which will facilitate the establishment and protection of high standards across companies. This book will show which methods are available and how they can reasonably be used. The authors present an easy-to-read guide which not only includes the most important legal provisions, standards and accreditation and certification procedures, but also develops practical quality assurance strategies and shows how they can be implemented within the agri-food industry.

Supply Chain 4.0

Supply Chain 4.0 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1789660742
Author: Emel Aktas,Michael Bourlakis,Ioannis Minis,Vasileios Zeimpekis
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
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Supply Chain 4.0 by Emel Aktas,Michael Bourlakis,Ioannis Minis,Vasileios Zeimpekis Book Resume:

'Supply Chain 4.0' has introduced automation into logistics and supply chain processes, exploiting predictive analytics to better match supply with demand, optimizing operations and using the latest technologies for the last mile delivery such as drones and autonomous robots. Supply Chain 4.0 presents new methods, techniques, and information systems that support the coordination and optimization of logistics processes, reduction of operational costs as well as the emergence of entirely new services and business processes. This edited collection includes contributions from leading international researchers from academia and industry. It considers the latest technologies and operational research methods available to support smart, integrated, and sustainable logistics practices focusing on automation, big data, Internet of Things, and decision support systems for transportation and logistics. It also highlights market requirements and includes case studies of cutting-edge applications from innovators in the logistics industry.

Fresh Food Retail Chains in India : Organisation and Impacts (CMA Publication No. 238)

Fresh Food Retail Chains in India : Organisation and Impacts (CMA Publication No. 238) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 8184246897
Author: Sukhpal Singh,Naresh Singla
Publisher: Allied Publishers
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Fresh Food Retail Chains in India : Organisation and Impacts (CMA Publication No. 238) by Sukhpal Singh,Naresh Singla Book Resume:

Food retail chains and supermarkets have emerged as important players in global food economy coordinating and controlling the sector in many countries including developing countries. The book also attempts case studies of alternative procurement and retail channels in India and make policy and practical recommendations to leverage the modern retail chain players for small holder benefit to protect the traditional retail interest.

Protean Supply Chains

Protean Supply Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 111875980X
Author: James A. Cooke
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Protean Supply Chains by James A. Cooke Book Resume:

Features emerging trends that are shaping supply chain operations worldwide as well as impacting the global business landscape Beginning with the assertion that supply chains are an overlooked factor behind anemic economic growth, Protean Supply Chains: Ten Dynamics of Supply and Demand Alignment provides a comprehensive overview of the developments occurring in the field of supply chain management. A broad range of topics in facility location, inventory, strategic sourcing, and supply chain coordination are addressed in addition to coverage of major developments within the field. The author's main position is that supply chains must be more than agile or flexible; rather, they must become protean and capable of changing shape in response to a volatile global business landscape. The author, a well-known editor and researcher in the field, presents current real-world examples combined with insights into the impact of recent trends that are expected to affect the global business landscape over the next decade. Highlighting companies with leading-edge supply chains as examples, the book discusses methods to reduce spending, increase revenues, and achieve streamlined productivity in a changing economic climate. The book utilizes further examples from the growth of online retailing and automation in distribution centers, as well as the use of protean supply chains to gain competitive advantages internationally. In addition, the book features the following ten emerging trends, which are shaping supply chain operations worldwide: The rise of regional theaters of supply Global risk management through control towers Customer segmentation Real demand realization Demand swing alignment with production and distribution Omnichannel retailing challenges Customer of one service Sustainability challenges Collaboration vs. competition in the new economy Financial dynamism The book is an ideal reference for professionals and practitioners in operations research, business/management science, applied mathematics, and industrial engineering as well as an appropriate supplement for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in supply chain management.

European pork chains

European pork chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9086861032
Author: Jacques Trienekens,Brigitte Petersen,Nel Wognum,Detert Brinkmann
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
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European pork chains by Jacques Trienekens,Brigitte Petersen,Nel Wognum,Detert Brinkmann Book Resume:

In this book the results are presented of a comprehensive inventory of pork chains that has been conducted through expert interviews and in-depth case studies. The main focus of the book is on how well diverse and fragmented supply in the European pork sector matches differentiating demands for pork products in rapidly evolving markets. One of the central topics discussed in the book is management of quality in diverse mainstream and specialty European pork chains. Inter-enterprise information systems, governance forms, logistics and sustainability aspects of European pork chains are also presented, as well as a number of interesting innovations in the chains. 'European pork chains' consists of four chapters that discuss the European pork chain as a whole and nine chapters that present case studies. The latter comprise three specialty pork chains (Iberian ham from Spain, Mangalica pork from Hungary, and organic pork from the Netherlands) and three regional pork chains in Europe (a Greek integrated chain, the German 'Eichenhof' chain and the French 'Cochon de Bretagne' chain). To enable comparison with chains outside Europe, a review of pork chains in China, Canada, Brazil and South Africa has been included. The book gives a comprehensive picture of the structure, functioning and challenges of the European pork sector. It is intended to be a valuable source of information for practitioners as well as scientists.

The Politics of Global Supply Chains

The Politics of Global Supply Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0745679730
Author: Kate MacDonald
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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The Politics of Global Supply Chains by Kate MacDonald Book Resume:

The Politics of Global Supply Chains analyses the changing politics of power and distribution within contemporary global supply chains. Drawing on over 300 interviews with farmers, workers, activists, businesses and government officials in garment and coffee sector supply chains, the book shows how the increased involvement of non-state actors in supply chain governance is re-shaping established patterns of global political power, responsibility and accountability. These emerging supply chain governance systems are shown to be multi-layered and politically contested, as transnational governance schemes interact with traditional state governance arrangements in both complementary and conflicting ways. The book’s analysis of changes to the relationship between state and non-state actors within transnational governance processes will be of particular interest to scholars and students of globalisation, global governance and regulation. The Politics of Global Supply Chains also suggests some practical ways by which the effectiveness and accountability of supply chain governance could be strengthened, which will interest both scholars and practitioners in fields of global business regulation and corporate social responsibility. Conclusions are relevant to the business and civil society actors who participate directly in non-state governance schemes, and to state regulators whose distinctive governance capacities could play a much greater role than at present in supporting transnational, non-state governance processes.

Ports, Cities, and Global Supply Chains

Ports, Cities, and Global Supply Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351909851
Author: James Wang,Daniel Olivier,Theo Notteboom,Brian Slack
Publisher: Routledge
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Ports, Cities, and Global Supply Chains by James Wang,Daniel Olivier,Theo Notteboom,Brian Slack Book Resume:

Global trends in policy and technology related fields are rapidly reshaping the port industry worldwide. International in scope, this volume provides multidisciplinary insights into the role port cities adopt in dealing with global supply chains. Throughout the book, concepts of strategic management, supply chain management, port and transport economics and economic and transport geography are applied to offer an in-depth understanding of the processes underlying global supply chains and associated spatial and functional dynamics in port-cities. The book also discusses policy outcomes and implications relevant to port-cities positioned in different segments of global supply chains.

Quality management in food chains

Quality management in food chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9086866050
Author: Ludwig Theuvsen,Achim Spiller,Martina Peupert,Gabriele Jahn
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
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Quality management in food chains by Ludwig Theuvsen,Achim Spiller,Martina Peupert,Gabriele Jahn Book Resume:

This publication comprises material on recent studies on quality management in agri-food chains. Due to several food crisis’s (e.g. BSE, Foot-and-Mouth disease) and growing demands for food quality and safety, quality management systems and quality assurance schemes have been widely adopted in different countries in recent years. Scientific knowledge about the features, the acceptance and the effectiveness and efficiency of these newly introduced quality management initiatives, has remained scarce until now. The material by experts in the field, focuses on the evaluation of quality management systems and quality assurance schemes. The main issues are the costs and benefits of quality management given the influence of the public sector and consumers' expectations about food quality and safety. Not only are benchmarking and harmonisation methods examined with regard to their impact on the effectiveness of quality assurance schemes, but, also the role of trust, cooperation and integration for efficient quality management is discussed. Different economic theories such as microeconomics, organization and marketing theory as well as advanced statistical methods are applied. Concepts are discussed from the various points of view of industrialised, export-oriented and developing countries throughout the book. The information in this book give a comprehensive review of quality management concepts in food chains and highlight future research directions from a global perspective. This book is of interest to all those who concern themselves with the topic, be it in academia or in the professional sector.

Islands and Chains

Islands and Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9027295611
Author: Cedric Boeckx
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
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Islands and Chains by Cedric Boeckx Book Resume:

The present work provides a detailed analysis of chain formation and locality conditions imposed on it within the Minimalist Program. It does so by analyzing resumptive strategies in great detail. This study claims that resumptive pronouns and their antecedents are first merged as constituents, and are separated via movement (thus forming instances of discontinuous constituents). Resumptive chains are thus akin to the well-known stranding analysis of quantifier float. A taxonomy of islands is developed that crucially ties barriers for movement to agreement possibilities. The stranding of a resumptive pronoun is shown to limit the role of agreement for the moving element, thereby allowing a chain to be formed across an island.

Sustainable Food Chains and Ecosystems

Sustainable Food Chains and Ecosystems [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3030396096
Author: Konstantinos Mattas,Henk Kievit,Gert van Dijk,George Baourakis,Constantin Zopounidis
Publisher: Springer Nature
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Sustainable Food Chains and Ecosystems by Konstantinos Mattas,Henk Kievit,Gert van Dijk,George Baourakis,Constantin Zopounidis Book Resume:

Unarguably, preserving the ecosystem, securing sustainability and understanding the dynamics of agro-food chains have all become vital policy objectives with several interlinked dimensions. The main objectives of this book are to draw the attention of researchers, policymakers and businesspeople to the relation between agro-food chains and the ecosystem, and to demonstrate the importance of building resilient agro-food chains that take into account climate change and environmental challenges. Agro-food chains as they function today can serve as powerful tools for promoting sustainable forms of agriculture, consumption and production that are embedded in a viable ecosystem. The book addresses a range of environmental, methodological and societal issues from a transaction perspective, while also providing extensive background information on the topic, and outlining future applications and research directions.

Markov Chains

Markov Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1119387574
Author: Paul A. Gagniuc
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Markov Chains by Paul A. Gagniuc Book Resume:

A fascinating and instructive guide to Markov chains for experienced users and newcomers alike This unique guide to Markov chains approaches the subject along the four convergent lines of mathematics, implementation, simulation, and experimentation. It introduces readers to the art of stochastic modeling, shows how to design computer implementations, and provides extensive worked examples with case studies. Markov Chains: From Theory to Implementation and Experimentation begins with a general introduction to the history of probability theory in which the author uses quantifiable examples to illustrate how probability theory arrived at the concept of discrete-time and the Markov model from experiments involving independent variables. An introduction to simple stochastic matrices and transition probabilities is followed by a simulation of a two-state Markov chain. The notion of steady state is explored in connection with the long-run distribution behavior of the Markov chain. Predictions based on Markov chains with more than two states are examined, followed by a discussion of the notion of absorbing Markov chains. Also covered in detail are topics relating to the average time spent in a state, various chain configurations, and n-state Markov chain simulations used for verifying experiments involving various diagram configurations. • Fascinating historical notes shed light on the key ideas that led to the development of the Markov model and its variants • Various configurations of Markov Chains and their limitations are explored at length • Numerous examples—from basic to complex—are presented in a comparative manner using a variety of color graphics • All algorithms presented can be analyzed in either Visual Basic, Java Script, or PHP • Designed to be useful to professional statisticians as well as readers without extensive knowledge of probability theory Covering both the theory underlying the Markov model and an array of Markov chain implementations, within a common conceptual framework, Markov Chains: From Theory to Implementation and Experimentation is a stimulating introduction to and a valuable reference for those wishing to deepen their understanding of this extremely valuable statistical tool. Paul A. Gagniuc, PhD, is Associate Professor at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. He obtained his MS and his PhD in genetics at the University of Bucharest. Dr. Gagniuc’s work has been published in numerous high profile scientific journals, ranging from the Public Library of Science to BioMed Central and Nature journals. He is the recipient of several awards for exceptional scientific results and a highly active figure in the review process for different scientific areas.

Chains of Darkness

Chains of Darkness [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1466829745
Author: Caris Roane
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A VAMPIRE BOUND For countless days and nights, the vampire Lucian has been chained, starved, and tortured in a Himalayan cavern. Prisoner and pawn of his powerful Ancestral father, Lucian has all but given up any hope of escape. Until a beautiful stranger risks her life to save him... A WOMAN SET FREE Two years ago, Claire and her friend Zoey were kidnapped by vampires and sold as human slaves. Claire managed to escape, tracking her missing friend through the vampire underworld—and stumbling upon the only man who could help her. A dangerously captivating vampire in chains... A LOVE EVERLASTINGBinding herself to a creature she doesn't trust, Claire frees the vampire from his nightmare prison. But now he needs Claire's blood and body to regain his strength. To defeat his father. And to sustain his deepest, darkest needs. Can Claire give herself to this seductive creature...without becoming a slave to desire? Chains of Darkness is the third Men in Chains novel by Caris Roane.

Post-harvest losses in rural-urban value chains: Evidence from Ethiopia

Post-harvest losses in rural-urban value chains: Evidence from Ethiopia [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Minten, Bart,Tamru, Seneshaw,Reardon, Thomas
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Post-harvest losses in rural-urban value chains: Evidence from Ethiopia by Minten, Bart,Tamru, Seneshaw,Reardon, Thomas Book Resume:

We study post-harvest losses (PHL) in important and rapidly growing rural-urban value chains in Ethiopia. We analyze self-reported PHL from different value chain agents – farmers, wholesale traders, processors, and retailers – based on unique large-scale data sets for two major commercial commodities, the storable staple teff and the perishable liquid milk. PHL in the most prevalent value chain pathways for teff and milk amount to between 2.2 and 3.3 percent and 2.1 and 4.3 percent of total produced quantities, respectively. We complement these findings with primary data from urban food retailers for more than 4,000 commodities. Estimates of PHL from this research overall are found to be significantly lower than is commonly assumed. We further find that the emerging modern retail sector in Ethiopia is characterized by half the level of PHL than are observed in the traditional retail sector. This is likely due to more stringent quality requirements at procurement, sales of more packaged – and therefore better protected – commodities, and better refrigeration, storage, and sales facilities. The further expected expansion of modern retail in these settings should likely lead to a lowering of PHL in food value chains, at least at the retail level.

Democracy in Chains

Democracy in Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1101980982
Author: Nancy MacLean
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Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for the National Book Award The Nation's "Most Valuable Book" “[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right.”—The Atlantic “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you're worried about what all this means for America's future, you should be.”—NPR An explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution. Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority. In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us. Corporate donors and their right-wing foundations were only too eager to support Buchanan’s work in teaching others how to divide America into “makers” and “takers.” And when a multibillionaire on a messianic mission to rewrite the social contract of the modern world, Charles Koch, discovered Buchanan, he created a vast, relentless, and multi-armed machine to carry out Buchanan’s strategy. Without Buchanan's ideas and Koch's money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in its stealth takeover of the Republican Party as a delivery mechanism. Now, with Mike Pence as Vice President, the cause has a longtime loyalist in the White House, not to mention a phalanx of Republicans in the House, the Senate, a majority of state governments, and the courts, all carrying out the plan. That plan includes harsher laws to undermine unions, privatizing everything from schools to health care and Social Security, and keeping as many of us as possible from voting. Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is also a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government.

Decision-Making for Biomass-Based Production Chains

Decision-Making for Biomass-Based Production Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0128142790
Author: Sebnem Yilmaz Balaman
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Decision-Making for Biomass-Based Production Chains: The Basic Concepts and Medothologies presents a comprehensive study of key-issues surrounding the integration of strategic, tactical and operational decision levels for supply chains in the biomass, biofuels and biorefining sectors. Comprehensive sections cover biomass resources, harvesting, collection, storage and distribution systems, along with the necessary technical and technological background of production systems. In addition, the basics of decision-making, problems and decision levels encountered in design, management and operation phases are covered. Case studies are supplied in each chapter, along with a discussion and comparative analysis of topics. The book presents a clear vision of advances in the field. Graduate students and those starting in this line of research will also find the necessary information on how to model this kind of complex system. Finally, this comprehensive resource can be used as a guide for non-expert industry decision-makers and government policymakers who need a thorough overview on the industry. Examines analytic methodologies for complex decision-making when designing, deploying and managing biomass and bio-based products supply chains Includes real-life examples of main sustainability indicators, standards and certification schemes from the European Union, United States and worldwide Explores the progress of decision-making procedures to provide a detailed perspective for effective selection of the most reliable solutions for each kind of problem Provides detailed, in-depth analyses of various models and frameworks for their implementation, challenges and solutions Presents multi-criteria and multi-objective decision-making and modeling approaches, including mathematical modeling, simulation-based modeling, and artificial intelligence-based modeling

Producer organisations and market chains

Producer organisations and market chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9086866239
Author: Giel Ton,Jos Bijman,Joost Oorthuizen
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Producer organisations and market chains by Giel Ton,Jos Bijman,Joost Oorthuizen Book Resume:

The role of producer organizations in market chains has received increasing attention in recent years, both from governments and donors. In order to lower transaction costs, markets demand that smallholder farmers operate in an organized manner. However, though the policy openings for support seem promising, smallholder market access through farmer-led economic organisations is not easy. This book presents various approaches to support producer organisations in terms of providing economic services to their members, with a focus on developing countries. Markets are increasingly fragmented in value chains that link farmers with specific processors, retailers and consumer segments. Several contributions in this book analyse these dynamics in specific value chains, such as the fair trade and organic agriculture and their potential to provide market outlets for smallholder farmers. This book is the result of a Dutch partnership between policy makers, researchers and practitioners designed to confront ideas with realities. Organized in a platform called Agri-ProFocus, members aim to provide more and better support to producer organisations in the South. Through so-called expert meetings, staff from donor organisations and knowledge centres, government officials, and business representatives, share their experiences and lessons learned. The experiences presented in this book are not recipes for instant success, but instead, highlight that support processes are often more fragile and slower moving than policy makers realise. This book is essential reading for scholars, practitioners and researchers interested in supporting and facilitating trajectories of change led by producer organisations in developing countries.

Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets

Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0749472413
Author: John Manners-Bell,Thomas Cullen,Cathy Roberson
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Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets by John Manners-Bell,Thomas Cullen,Cathy Roberson Book Resume:

Emerging Markets hold the key to the development of the global logistics industry over the next twenty years. Whilst developed economies struggle to come to terms with huge levels of debt, newly industrialized markets are showing strong growth prospects as manufacturers and investors look at low-cost production locations. Essential reading for anyone involved in emerging markets or global logistics, Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets is the definitive guide to maximising opportunities in emerging markets. This book explores the inherent challenges for global logistics providers when investing and operating in widely-dispersed and sometimes unstable emerging markets. Taking into account the social, economic, and political context, John Manners-Bell, Thomas Cullen, and Cathy Roberson guide you through the key considerations and provide a realistic evaluation of the infrastructures in place to support expansion in emerging markets. Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets analyses prospects for Asia, Latin America, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, including the potential of future logistics hotspots. There are dedicated sections on the BRIC transport and logistics sectors. Supported by a unique downloadable survey of 800 top executives, Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets gives you unrivalled access to top executives' evaluation of which emerging markets have the greatest potential to become future logistics hotspots, and how they integrate with global supply chains now and in the future.

Innovative Solutions for Implementing Global Supply Chains in Emerging Markets

Innovative Solutions for Implementing Global Supply Chains in Emerging Markets [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1466697962
Author: Dwivedi, Ashish
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Innovative Solutions for Implementing Global Supply Chains in Emerging Markets by Dwivedi, Ashish Book Resume:

Advancements in the field of information technology have transformed the way businesses interact with each other and their customers. Businesses now require customized products and services to reflect their constantly changing environment, yet this results in cutting-edge products with relatively short lifecycles. Innovative Solutions for Implementing Global Supply Chains in Emerging Markets addresses the roles of knowledge management and information technology within emerging markets. This forward-thinking title explores the current trends in supply chain management, knowledge acquisition and transfer mechanisms among supply chain partners, and knowledge management paradigms. This book is an invaluable resource for researchers, business professionals and students, business analysts, and marketing professionals.

Global Value Chains and Production Networks

Global Value Chains and Production Networks [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0128148489
Author: Fengru Cui,Guitang Liu
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Global Value Chains and Production Networks by Fengru Cui,Guitang Liu Book Resume:

Global Value Chains and Production Networks: Case Studies of Siemens and Huawei presents theories and frameworks that facilitate the evolution of GPN studies, from macro perspectives based on territory and industry to the use of micro (firm-level) data. The book explores these theories and frameworks through detailed case studies of two major corporations, Siemens and Huawei. With the GPN/GVC structure of Chinese firms not well known outside China, despite the growing importance of Chinese firms in the global economy, this guide plays a pivotal role in facilitating the use of data that promise to unlock economic cooperation and value. Emphasizes micro-data analytical models and their methodological underpinnings Illustrates how these data illuminate the economic structures of two comparable GPNs within highly divergent institutional contexts Suggests how companies can cooperate with foreign partners to enhance their global management capacity and reshape their advantages in international competition

Operations Management

Operations Management [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1544339372
Author: Ray R. Venkataraman,Jeffrey K. Pinto
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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Operations Management by Ray R. Venkataraman,Jeffrey K. Pinto Book Resume:

Operations Management: Managing Global Supply Chains takes a holistic, integrated approach to managing operations and supply chains by exploring the strategic, tactical, and operational decisions and challenges facing organizations worldwide. Authors Ray R. Venkataraman and Jeffrey K. Pinto address sustainability in each chapter, showing that sustainable operations and supply chain practices are not only attainable, but are critical and often profitable practices for organizations to undertake. With a focus on critical thinking and problem solving, Operations Management provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the field and equips them with the tools necessary to thrive in today’s evolving global business environment. A Complete Teaching & Learning Package SAGE coursepacks FREE! Easily import our quality instructor and student resource content into your school’s learning management system (LMS) and save time. Learn more. SAGE edge FREE online resources for students that make learning easier. See how your students benefit.

Supercharged Supply Chains

Supercharged Supply Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1119782422
Author: James G. Correll,Lloyd C. Snowden,James Bentzley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Supercharged Supply Chains by James G. Correll,Lloyd C. Snowden,James Bentzley Book Resume:

Provides unparalleled practices for all supply chains from leading consultancy Oliver Wight, more important than ever in the post-COVID world Supercharged Supply Chains: Discover Unparalleled Business Planning and Execution Practices provides authoritative guidance on effective Supply Chain Management. Written by the experts at Oliver Wight, a leading global consultancy firm, the book provides readers with a clear understanding of what is required to operate at a Class A Excellent level. The operating principles are supported by practical examples and cases that demonstrate why typical approaches fail, and why Unparalleled Business Planning and Execution Practices succeed. Based on the popular Oliver Wight class that focuses on Unparalleled Business and Execution processes, the text is designed to put companies on track to successfully operate Business Excellence Planning. Readers get a contemporary view of the processes, learn about new technology for implementing solutions, and are presented with change methods that address the people and behaviors vital to supply chain operations. Topics include demand planning, Integrated Business Planning (Advanced S&OP), master scheduling, material requirements planning, capacity planning, data accuracy, factory scheduling supplier planning, implementation, business improvement, new technologies and more. Outlining the practices that have boosted the health of supply chains for more than 25 years, this invaluable book: Describes how the Business Excellence Practices resolve the common problems encountered in operating a supply chain Provides strategies and methods to significantly improve customer service, financials and grow the business Identifies when and how Unparalleled Planning and Execution Practices should be applied Guarantees success if the recommendations are followed Supercharged Supply Chains: Discover Unparalleled Business Planning and Execution Practices is essential reading for all executives and anyone involved in forecasting, planning, scheduling, inventory control, finance, production, purchasing and management of supply chains. It provides a great overview of the entire supply chain and goes into great detail regarding each element that makes up the supply chain. It also explains in depth how all functions of a company play an important role.

Paradoxes in Food Chains and Networks

Paradoxes in Food Chains and Networks [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9076998094
Author: J.H. Trienekens,S.W.F. Omta
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
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Paradoxes in Food Chains and Networks by J.H. Trienekens,S.W.F. Omta Book Resume:

This publication contains the proceedings of the 5th international conference on chain and network management in agribusiness and the food industry. Papers will focus on the paradoxes caused by conflicting interests in the fields of economics and ethics, technology and environment, legislation and internationalisation, etc. The modern consumer demands highquality products, in broad assortments throughout the year, and for competitive prices. Society imposes constraints on companies in order to economize on the use of resources, ensure animal-friendly and safe production, and restrict pollution. Together with technological developments and increased international competition, these demands have changed the production, trade, and distribution of food products beyond recognition. Demand is no longer confined to local or regional supply. The food industry is now swiftly becoming an interconnected system with a large variety of complex relationships. This is changing the way food is brought to the market. Currently, even fresh produce shipped from halfway around the world can be offered at competitive prices. These developments are accompanied by national and international regulations and legislation in the area of food quality and safety. In response to these changes, business strategies must now focus not only on traditional economical and technological interests, but also on topical issues such as the safety and healthfulness of food products, animal friendliness, the environment, etc. To effectively address paradoxical demands facing businesses, many problems and opportunities must be approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and trade-offs must be made between different aspects of production, trade and the distribution of food.

Cities, value chains, and dairy production in Ethiopia

Cities, value chains, and dairy production in Ethiopia [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Vandercasteelen, Joachim,Minten, Bart,Tamru, Seneshaw
Publisher: Intl Food Policy Res Inst
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Cities, value chains, and dairy production in Ethiopia by Vandercasteelen, Joachim,Minten, Bart,Tamru, Seneshaw Book Resume:

This paper explores the spatial heterogeneity in dairy production in the highland production area around the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. We look at how urban proximity – defined as the travel time from the farm to the central market of Addis Ababa – affects the production decisions of Ethiopian dairy farmers. We sampled 870 households from the major rural production zones around Addis Ababa, where villages were stratified according to their distance to Addis Ababa. Using an instrumental variable approach, we find evidence of strong spatial heterogeneity in dairy milk productivity in Ethiopia. With each additional hour of travel time, the milk productivity per cow is reduced by almost 1 liter per day, a reduction by 26 percent on average. This spatial heterogeneity in milk productivity reflects a pronounced spatial variation in dairy production decisions (producing liquid milk or processed dairy products), the application of modern inputs, and marketing. When trying to disentangle the mechanisms through which urban proximity affects dairy productivity, we show that the effect of travel time mainly runs through farmers’ inclusion into ‘modern’ value chains and more specifically through their access to commercial milk buyers. This finding holds when we control for prices, indicating that access to commercial value chains are an important determinant of dairy productivity. However, as only a limited number of farmers now have access to such value chains in these settings, measures to make dairy value chains more inclusive to remote farmers can have important economic development benefits for them.

Mycotoxin Reduction in Grain Chains

Mycotoxin Reduction in Grain Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118832868
Author: John F. Leslie,Antonio Logrieco
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Mycotoxin Reduction in Grain Chains by John F. Leslie,Antonio Logrieco Book Resume:

Cereal grain safety from farm to table Mycotoxin Reduction in Grain Chains examines the ways in which food producers, inspectors, and processors can keep our food supply safe. Providing guidance on identification, eradication, and prevention at each stop on the "grain chain, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone who works with cereal grains. Discussions include breeding and crop management, chemical control, contamination prediction, and more for maize, wheat, sorghum, rice, and other major grains. Relevant and practical in the field, the lab, and on the production floor, this book features critical guidance for every point from farm to table.

Services in Global Value Chains

Services in Global Value Chains [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9813141476
Author: Patrick Low,Gloria O Pasadilla
Publisher: World Scientific
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Services in Global Value Chains by Patrick Low,Gloria O Pasadilla Book Resume:

This compilation of 22 firm-specific case studies is an important contribution to the discussion of 'servicification' trends in manufacturing. 'Services have increased in importance and value in many manufacturing value chains, making companies that produce physical products look more like service enterprises. What services do global value chains use in their operations, how important are they and how do economic policies shape firms' configurations, operations, and location of global value chains? This book addresses these questions and more. The interviewed firms, based in 12 APEC economies, come from different sectors ranging from multinational automotive, construction equipment, and electrical appliance manufacturers to small and medium manufacturers of watches or chemical for water treatment. The book analyses what specific services are important in different stages of the value chain, and whether they are typically provided in-house or outsourced. Contents:Manufacturing-Related Services (Patrick Low and Gloria O Pasadilla)Manufacturing of Aircraft Control Systems in the Philippines (Andre Wirjo and Gloria O Pasadilla)Industrial Welding Services in Thailand (William Haines)Manufacturing of Mining and Construction Equipment (David Sit and Patrick Low)Manufacturing of Computer Servers (Yuhua Zhang)Wastewater Treatment Services (Arian Hassani and Andre Wirjo)Manufacturing of Automotive Components in the ASEAN Region (Denise Cheung)Manufacturing of Oil and Gas Industry Equipment in Singapore (Andre Wirjo and Gloria O Pasadilla)Car Manufacturing in the Philippines (Sherry Stephenson)Manufacturing of Thermal Power Generation Equipment (Gloria O Pasadilla)Production of Precision Die and Machine Parts in Thailand (Denise Cheung and Andre Wirjo)Manufacturing of Refrigerators (David Sit)Watch Manufacturing (Deborah Elms)Manufacturing of Automotive Components in Mexico: Perspectives from Three Firms (Andre Wirjo, Gloria O Pasadilla and Joel G Bassig)Manufacturing of Telecommunications Equipment (Huani Zhu and Gloria O Pasadilla)Manufacturing of Printed Circuit Boards in Canada (Ben Shepherd)Wine Industry in Chile (Karina Fernandez-Stark and Penny Bamber)Integrated Logistics Solutions Provider in Mexico (Andre Wirjo and Gloria O Pasadilla)Remanufacturing Services in the Construction Machinery Value Chain (Katherine Tait and Gary Gereffi)Manufacturing of Consumer Electronic Appliances in Indonesia (Emmanuel A San Andres)Fresh Cherry Industry in Chile (Penny Bamber and Karina Fernandez-Stark) Readership: Researchers, students and academics who are interested in international trade; trade economists; policymakers and general public who are interested in manufacturing related topics.

Large Scale Optimization in Supply Chains and Smart Manufacturing

Large Scale Optimization in Supply Chains and Smart Manufacturing [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 303022788X
Author: Jesús M. Velásquez-Bermúdez,Marzieh Khakifirooz,Mahdi Fathi
Publisher: Springer Nature
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Large Scale Optimization in Supply Chains and Smart Manufacturing by Jesús M. Velásquez-Bermúdez,Marzieh Khakifirooz,Mahdi Fathi Book Resume:

In this book, theory of large scale optimization is introduced with case studies of real-world problems and applications of structured mathematical modeling. The large scale optimization methods are represented by various theories such as Benders’ decomposition, logic-based Benders’ decomposition, Lagrangian relaxation, Dantzig –Wolfe decomposition, multi-tree decomposition, Van Roy’ cross decomposition and parallel decomposition for mathematical programs such as mixed integer nonlinear programming and stochastic programming. Case studies of large scale optimization in supply chain management, smart manufacturing, and Industry 4.0 are investigated with efficient implementation for real-time solutions. The features of case studies cover a wide range of fields including the Internet of things, advanced transportation systems, energy management, supply chain networks, service systems, operations management, risk management, and financial and sales management. Instructors, graduate students, researchers, and practitioners, would benefit from this book finding the applicability of large scale optimization in asynchronous parallel optimization, real-time distributed network, and optimizing the knowledge-based expert system for convex and non-convex problems.