orders, and robots to get new orders. Since the production of goods in companies using agile
method happens at the last hour when the products have been ordered and are needed, the
company will apply the lean chain method which uses faster means of production to help it meet
its deadlines (Naylor et al. 108). As a result, in most cases, the industries supplying raw materials
are always found close to the manufacturing companies using the agile method to avoid delays.
All drivers in the chain are expected to act swiftly as soon as the orders have been made to
prevent any delays in delivery of goods.
The agile supply chain helps to satisfy the current needs of the market which involve
constant changes in consumer demand by being responsive to this need. Since the chain is more
centered on information than inventory like the lean chain, it offers an excellent way to compete
and retain the market (Lee 107). Agility in the supply chain avoids shortages in supply as well as
excess stock inventory by producing only what is required at a given time. Also, agility allows
partners in the supply chain to work together to provide the needed products on a daily basis. Lee
(112) mentions that tasks are divided among individuals in the supply chain according to their
capabilities. Every participant in the chain equally owns the chain and their performance matter.
Furthermore, agility gives room for customization of products to meet changing consumer
Since the agile supply chain produces goods only after confirmation of demand, any
delays from any department in the chain can be detrimental to the business. Christopher (43)
mentions that the strategy also leads to a lot of pressure among individuals involved in the
production and delivery process because they work to meet deadlines and the work is intensive.