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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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06

Planning framework for logistics

Introduction

The need for a positive approach to planning was discussed in Chapter 2, together with the concept of a logistics planning hierarchy. In this chapter a more detailed planning framework for logistics is described, and some key strategic considerations are introduced. A generalized approach to corporate strategic planning is outlined, and this is linked to a specific logistics design strategy. The main elements of this design strategy are described. Finally, some of the fundamental influences on logistics network planning and design are detailed, in particular, product characteristics, the product life cycle, packaging and unit loads.

Pressures for change

Historically, many organizations have adopted ...

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