The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management by Baker, Peter; Rushton, Alan; Croucher, Phil

By Baker, Peter; Rushton, Alan; Croucher, Phil

Now in its fourth variation, The guide of Logistics and Distribution Management covers the total scope of logistics and distribution, offering a vast strategic framework for making plans in addition to a transparent and simple description of the fundamental capabilities and components. This definitive instruction manual truly explains: ideas of logistics and distribution; making plans and logistics; procurement and stock judgements; warehousing and garage; freight delivery; operational management.
Fully revised and accelerated with fresh chapters on provide chain segmentation, air delivery, maritime shipping and outsourcing, there's distinct dialogue of the newest developments and concerns that confront logistics. This booklet can help in logistics managers' quest to enhance carrier and decrease rate, in addition to retaining them conscious of the numerous assorted aspects of logistics and the availability chain. it may be of curiosity to working towards managers and supervisors, to applicants taking tests for many of the specialist institutes, and to scholars who're analyzing for levels in logistics, distribution and provide chain management.

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An appropriate modern definition that applies to most industry might be that logistics concerns the efficient transfer of goods from the source of supply through the place of manufacture to the point of consumption in a cost-effective way whilst providing an acceptable service to the customer. This focus on cost-effectiveness and customer service will be a point of emphasis throughout this book. For most organizations it is possible to draw up a familiar list of key areas representing the major components of distribution and logistics.

These trays are totally different to the unit load that is currently used in the warehouse and on the vehicles (ie the wooden pallet). The additional cost penalty in providing special trays and catering for another type of unit load for storage and delivery is a high one – much higher than the savings made on the product packaging. This example illustrates a classic case of sub-optimization in a distribution system. It shows how the concept of total logistics can be ignored at some significant cost.

This type of trade-off analysis is an important part of planning for logistics. Four different levels of trade-off have been identified: 1. Within distribution components: those trade-offs that occur within single functions. One example would be the decision to use random storage locations compared to fixed storage locations in a depot. The first of these provides better storage utilization but is more difficult for picking; the second is easier for picking but does not provide such good storage utilization.

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