Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Industrial Engineering, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran.

2 Department of Industrial Engineering,Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University ,Najafabad, Iran.


In any country's economy, the distribution is one of the most important industries and infrastructure. The industry's 8% portion of national income, explains the wide range of this industry and consequently the key role of this industry in the supply chain of many industries in the country. Not using all the capabilities of the distribution network and ignorance about distribution enablers will lead to chain costs failure and increase supply. In today's condition, maintenance and continuity of activities in the distribution network are considered as important subjects in a supply chain, and the reliability of the distribution network in a supply chain is grounded in recognition of the enablers. Identifying and prioritizing the distribution network enablers precede the development and proper implementation of the strategies and plans of a distribution network. The fuzzy logic has become a convenient tool for prioritizing due to the necessity of the comprehensive view to the supply chain, the uncertain space of it, and inconsistency in the views of decision-makers. This research tries to identify and prioritize the empowerment in order to direct and supply resources and thus to increase the productivity and effectiveness of the country's industrial distribution network.The theoretical framework of the study is based on the extracted enablers from the literature and selecting a final set of them by using the Lawshe method. The group of experts is comprised of 11 experts in the welding and cutting industry. The enablers are prioritized using the fuzzy BWM method and Lingo software. The results indicate that the most influencing factor on the distribution network is "on-time delivery" and the "logistic infrastructures" factor is the least important among the factors. The resulted prioritization could be used as a guideline for a better perception of the activities related to the distribution network.


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