By Donald Waters
The sphere of logistics maintains to strengthen at a striking velocity. till lately, logistics was once slightly thought of within the long term plans of even significant businesses, yet its strategic position is now famous and it lies on the center of long term plans in virtually each company. there are various purposes for this modification: communications and data know-how are supplying new oppotunities; international alternate is becoming; pageant is forcing operations to undertake new practices and develop into ever extra effective; and there's expanding main issue for the surroundings. upload to this the elevated emphasis on consumer pride, versatile operations and time compression, and it turns into transparent why it's so vital for agencies to get their logistics right.From a very overseas standpoint, worldwide logistics providea a wealth of invaluable principles and practival details on all of the present and destiny tendencies in logistics and provide chain administration. Written by way of a number of individuals who're stated specialists of their fields, this totally up-to-date 6th variation specializes in parts of specific present curiosity, together with: logistics in China, and vital and japanese Europe; the development of communications and expertise; humanitarian provide chains; net buying and selling; agile offer chains; functionality measurement.Global Logistics is a useful resource of steering and functional suggestion for college kids, managers and practitioners alike, who will locate it a vital instrument they could consult with repeatedly.
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Extra resources for Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management, 6th Edition
Hence, contrary to a common misconception, time compression is not about performing activities faster, but rather performing fewer of them. The old cliché ‘Work smarter, not harder’ is particularly relevant in this context. As Hammer and Champy (Hammer, 1990; Hammer and Champy, 1993) have pointed out, many of the processes used in our organizations were designed for a different era. They tend to be paper-based, with many – often redundant – manual stages. They are sequential and batch-oriented rather than parallel and capable of changing quickly from one task to another.
Typically, however, under the centrally planned system, conÂ�trol over the entire economic system resided with state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which had dominance over raw material supplies, manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing, as well as warehousing. Government control of the economy meant that industry structures and management practices were not focused on efficiency. 14 Production was based on available raw materials, instead of customer orders. Because of shortages, managers’ purchasing behaviour was inconsistent with the basic rules of logistics.
It is believed that orientation towards sustainable development helps today’s companies increase their market share, build customer loyalty, positively distinguish their brand, improve employees’ morale and loyalty, and increase the effectiveness and productivity of their activities. Attention is also paid to the fact that such an orientation lessens risk by way of avoiding negative social opinions, taking a proactive approach towards new regulation and avoiding future safety threats of the supply Best practices in logistics and SCM – Central and Eastern Europeâ•… â•… 21 Good practices?
Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management, 6th Edition by Donald Waters