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The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management, 5th Edition by Dr. Peter Baker, Phil Croucher, Alan Rushton

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02

Integrated logistics and the supply chain

Introduction

In Chapter 1, different definitions of logistics were introduced, and the main components of logistics were outlined. It was shown that the various logistics and supply chain functions are part of a flow process operating across many business areas. In this chapter, the emphasis is on the integration of the various logistics components into a complete working structure that enables the overall system to run at the optimum. Thus, the concept of ‘total logistics’ is described, and the importance of recognizing the opportunities for appropriate trade-offs is discussed. Some key aspects of planning for logistics are reviewed, and the financial impact that logistics has in a business is described. ...

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