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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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05

Key issues and challenges for logistics and the supply chain

Introduction

In this chapter, many issues are raised and discussed with the aim of highlighting the most important challenges that need to be addressed by logistics and supply chain professionals. In recent years there have been very significant developments in the structure, organization and operation of logistics, notably in the interpretation of logistics within the broader supply chain. Major changes have included the increase in customer service expectations (Chapter 3), the concept of compressing time within the supply chain (Chapter 14), the globalization of industry – in terms of both global brands and global markets – (Chapter 2) and the integration of organizational structures ...

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