Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Firms that improve their logistics can achieve significant savings and improve efficiency. This concepts explains the components of distribution and logistics and how they can be optimised, and provides insights into implementing logistics and supply chain management, as well as different types of measurements.

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Definition

Logistics refers to the "process of strategically managing the procurement, movement and storage of materials, parts and finished inventory" and information flows "through the organisation and its marketing channels in such a way that current and future profitability are maximised through the cost effective fulfillment of orders" (Christopher, 2004). Used in business from the 1960s, logistics has often been referred to as business logistics, materials management, procurement and supply, product flow, marketing logistics, or demand chain management (Enarsson, 2006; Rushton et al., 2010).

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  • Billington, C., Callioni, G., Crane, B., Ruark, J. D., Rapp, J. U., White, T. and Willems, S. P. (2004) Accelerating the Profitability of Hewlett-Packard's Supply Chains, Interfaces, Vol. 34 (1), pp. 59-72.
  • Christopher, M. (2010) Logistics and Supply Chain Management. (4th ed.) Financial Times/Prentice Hall.
  • Christopher, M. (2004) Logistics and Supply Chain Management. (3rd ed.) Financial Times/Prentice Hall.
  • Enarsson, L. (2006) Future Logistics Challenges. Copenhagen Business School Press.

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