This introductory college text describes the flow of materials from the supplier to the consumer. Although the author discusses transportation and distribution, he focuses on operations planning and control. He covers the content of the Basics of Sup ply Chain Management CPIM certification exam. Topics include the factors involved in designing products for ease of manufacture, inventory management, factors influencing product and process design, just-in- time manufacturing, and total quality management. Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.