Introduction to Materials Management, Fourth Edition, is an introductory text that describes the basics of supply chain management, manufacturing planning and control systems, purchasing, and physical distribution. Designed to help students learn the subject, the text is written in simple, straightforward language. New features for this edition: marginal icon to note key concepts key terms listed at the end of the chapter with chapter page cross-references expanded coverage of key topics: kanban, supply chain concepts, system selection, theory of constraints and drum-buffer-rope, and need for new products chapter references to case studies in Introduction to Materials Management Casebook Other features of this text: example problems within the chapters chapter summaries questions and problems at the end of each chapter This text has been widely adopted by colleges and universities, not only in North America but also in other parts of the world. The text is listed in the American Production and Inventory Control Society's CPIM Exam Content Manual as the text reference for the Basics of Supply Chain Management CPIM certification examination. Production and inventory control societies in other countries, including South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Germany, France, and Brazil, also use this text.Arnold, J. R. Tony is the author of 'INTRO TO MATERIALS MANAGEMENT' with ISBN 9780130144904 and ISBN 0130144908.