AAAI Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Electronic Commerce

Negotiating Agents for Supply Chain Management

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A supply chain is a network of suppliers, factories, warehouses, distribution centers, and retailers throughh which raw materials are acquired, transformed, produced, and delivered to the customer. A supply chain management system manages the cooperation of these system components. In the computational world, the roles of individual entities in a supply chain can be implemented as distinct agents. However, the functions and procedures of a company in the real market are complicated and include information collection, policy-making, and actions. Therefore, it is impossible to describe software agent behaviors for an uncertain e-commerce environment such as supply chain management in the traditional single-threaded model. To solve the problem, we introduce the concept of negotiation into software agent design for supply chain management and present our ideas to solve the problem of communication and decision-making for negotiating agents.

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