Business Logistics

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P. van Buijtenen, M. Christopher, G. Wills
Springer Science & Business Media, 6 dic 2012 - 372 pagine
Business logistics has recently been defined as 'the process of managing all activities required to strategically move raw ma terials, parts, and finished inventory from vendors, between enterprise facilities, and to customers' . Many other definitions are available but this definition (1) stresses the fact that logistics concerns the strategical management level in the first place because of the over-all character of logistics and its long-term aspects; too long, emphasis has been laid on the operational aspects of logistics. The heart of the logistics concept is an integrated approach where cost savings are identified by considering the total costs of the system. This approach already implies the need for over-all management since the decisions about the different elements of the logistics system (transportation, inventories, facilities, unitization, communications) are traditionally made within different functions or departments. However, the need for over-all management becomes more stringent where the effectiveness of the company as a whole is considered i. e. where the logistics system has to be brought into balance with the production system and the marketing system (e. g. inventory levels vs. production-run lengths and customer service levels) . All elements of the logistiCS system have long-term aspects which have to be put into a planning system, c.q. the planning of a new transportation method, the planning of a new distribution centre.
 

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Logistics Systems Engineering Solving the Distribution
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Marketing and Logistics a New Area of Management
35
Controlling Customer Logistics Service
51
Developing Customer Service Policies through Distribution
64
Editors Introduction
73
Inventory Costs and Product Margins an Aggregate
161
New Approach to Facilities Location
173
Improved Stock Location in the Physical Distribution
190
Information Systems and the Life Cycle of Logistics
231
Editors Introduction
245
Strategic Planning for Distribution
263
Corporate Strategy and Organization for Distribution
277
Planning Physical Distribution Operations with Dynamic
289
Editors Introduction
309
a Case
322
Physical Distribution Management at Corn Products
340

Unitization in Distribution
200
The Role of Information Systems in Physical Distribution
218
Call for New Priorities
368
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