The control and organisation of the flow of goods in the supply chain is of vital importance to industry and commerce, including manufacturing industrial enterprises, where the timely and efficient delivery of their output at an economic cost is of great concern. This book considers the out-bound supply chain and the associated out-bound logistics ie the flow of goods from the point of production or manufacture to the point of consumption. In doing so, it has to cover a range of management topics and techniques, including measures of performance, order management and forecasting, stock management and management of the supply chain.
Written in clear and jargon-free language, this book, whilst intended primarily students of engineering and manufacturing, at 3rd year undergraduate and postgraduate level, would also be of interest to logistics and operations management students. Typical examination questions are included.
1. Objectives and Measures of Performance: The distribution system; customer service; cost; distribution strategy. 2. Order Management and Forecasting: Order processing; forecasting; order processing systems. 3. Stock Management: Order processing and stock records; stock handling and storage; accounting for inventory; stock control; multiple warehousing. 4. Transport: Road; rail; sea and inland water; air; pipelines and cables; multimodal and intermodal; packaging; the transport decision; responsibility and ownership; vehicle routing and scheduling. 5. Managing the Supply Chain: The supply chain; demand chain; push and pull logistics; customer delivery expectation; cumulative lead time; inventory and demand amplification; establishing a domestic distribution system. 6. International Distribution and e-Business