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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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Logistics network planning

Introduction

In this chapter a particular approach to logistics network planning is developed and described. The main content follows on from, and links very closely with, the planning framework that was proposed in Chapter 6. As well as considering the key flows and cost relationships, various aspects associated with depot/distribution centre (DC) and facilities location are reviewed. There are both theoretical concepts and practical considerations to be taken into account. Some of the major points for discussion are:

  • the role of DCs and warehouses;
  • distribution cost factors and relationships;
  • a methodology for planning a physical distribution structure;
  • an overview of different modelling techniques;
  • qualitative ...

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