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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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Humanitarian logistics

Introduction

Today’s underdeveloped state of logistics in the humanitarian sector is much like corporate logistics was 20 years ago. At that time, corporate logistics suffered from underinvestment, a lack of recognition, and the absence of a fulfilling, professional career path for people performing the logistics function.

(Thomas and Kopczak, 2005)

Since the dawn of man, groups of individuals have been motivated to assist other groups of humans less fortunate than themselves. In 1847, for example, ‘The plight of Ireland had by now attracted attention from charitable and religious groups. The “British Association for the relief of the extreme distress in the remote parishes of Ireland and Scotland” had collected over ...

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