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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 9139483, 11 pages
Research Article

Fuzzy Multicriteria ABC Supplier Classification in Global Supply Chain

1Omni Surfaces, 40 Kodiak Cres, Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 3G5
2Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Kraljice Marije 16, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Received 13 April 2016; Revised 5 July 2016; Accepted 19 July 2016

Academic Editor: Mónica A. López-Campos

Copyright © 2016 Petar Kefer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The determination of the optimal purchasing strategy in enterprise that is a part of global supply chain could be performed in two steps. In step one, a classification of potential suppliers is performed in order to determine the optimal portfolio of suppliers. This is delivered by using the fuzzy multicriteria proposed ABC classification method. Uncertainties in relative importance of criteria and their values are described by linguistic expressions. Modelling of linguistic expressions is based on the fuzzy sets theory. In the second step, ranking of optimal portfolio of suppliers is performed by using the modified ELECTRE method. The obtained results represent valuable input for determining the long time purchasing strategy and building partnership with the best suppliers. The developed two-step model is verified on real life data. The obtained results indicate good compliance with the opinions management in this type of industry. It is worth to mention that the proposed model can be easily extended and adopted to the analysis of other issues of management which could be applicable in different research areas.