Future Forward Logistics

Abstract

As enterprises focus on perceived “core functions,” more activities are outsourced to third party providers of goods and services. This extended supply chain of manufacturers of products– from raw materials; work in process (WIP) all the way through “store-ready” products — comprises a complex combination of functions performed in different geographic locations. The common thread from source to consumption is logistics — the intricate process of moving goods and information, in compliance with a global environment of rules, regulations and customer requirements.

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Threats of global terrorism and other security issues have recently made a complex process even more challenging, requiring an in-depth understanding of all the intricacies of communication and interaction in each of the discrete links in the supply chain.

Best in class logistics practices include true virtual integration among all parties, and sharing information in real-time, to ensure an integrated flow of information, facilitated through a combination of people, process and technology. Service level agreements, which define roles, responsibilities, and remedies, are core to the successful partnership of logistics service providers, suppliers and their customers.


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