However, there are various types of Vendor Managed Inventory system, they share similar attributes. For example, one distinguishing concept under Vendor Managed Inventory practices is that the suppliers of the mining sector in Zimbabwe or any business entities within the upstream of a particular supply chain will deliver goods to the agents or buying houses or any business entities in the downstream of the supply chain based on the needs and demands of those downstream businesses, rather than to passively deliver goods to those miners as were in the cases of the traditional supply chains (Ruijiang et al, 2011). The key way to enable such goods distribution and delivery strategy in Zimbabwe mining sector is that all of the scattered and small demand data at the points of the downstream businesses are provided to the upstream.


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