By Alan Rushton

Explores the entire respective levels of the availability chain, from uncooked fabrics via to the ultimate distribution of the completed product.

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The growth of the third-party distribution service industry was also of major significance, with these companies spearheading developments in information and equipment technology. The concept of and need for integrated logistics systems were recognized by forward-looking companies that participated in distribution activities. Late 1980s and early 1990s In the late 1980s and early 1990s, and linked very much to advances in information technology, organizations began to broaden their perspectives in terms of the functions that could be integrated.

Here, the textbooks provide some fascinating reading. 1 A logistics configuration showing the key components of logistics and the importance of physical flows and information flows Logistics is the Art and Science of Determining Requirements; Acquiring them; Distributing them and finally, Maintaining them in an operational ready condition for their entire life. (Stone, 1968) … the management of all activities which facilitate movement and the co-ordination of supply and demand in the creation of time and place utility.

In addition, various institutes, the Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Transportation and others, offer one- to five-day short courses on various distribution, logistics and supply-chain-related topics. SUMMARY In this initial chapter, a number of subjects have been introduced. These will be expanded in subsequent chapters of the book. The rather confusing number of associated names and different definitions were indicated and a few of the very many definitions were considered. No ‘true’ or definitive definition was offered, because logistics and distribution can and do differ dramatically from one industry, company or product to another.

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