Now in its fourth edition, this definitive text explains the nuts and bolts of logistics and distribution in accessible language. Covering all the major elements of modern logisitcs it is an indespensible guide for both students of logistics as well as newly-appointed distribution, logistics and supply chain managers. This edition has been radically updated to reflect the latest advances in logistics and to cover new topics being studied on academic and professionals courses. It includes brand new chapters on: supply chain segmentation, air transport, maritime transport, outsourcing services and decision making and outsourcing management. It provides a thorough explanation of the latest technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID), voice technology, satellite crane systems and dynamic pick systems, together with additional information and examples of warehouse design.