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Supply Chain and Logistics Management Made Easy: Methods and Applications for Planning, Operations, Integration, Control and Improvement, and Network Design by Paul Myerson

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2. Understanding the Supply Chain

Over the past 75 years, supply chain and logistics management has evolved from being a kind of “back water” cost-focused function (the term supply chain didn’t even come about until the 1980s) to where it is today, a critical part of an organization’s global growth strategy. It has become a strategic competitive tool to increase revenue and value to the customer, not just reduce costs.

Once one has a broader understanding of the topic as covered in this chapter, it’s not hard to see why it has risen in importance in recent times.

Historical Perspective

Until after World War II, logistics was thought of in military terms for the most part as the link that supplied troops with rations, weapons, and equipment. ...

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