Logistics Operations and Management

1st Edition

Concepts and Models

Editors: Reza Farahani Shabnam Rezapour Laleh Kardar
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123852021
eBook ISBN: 9780123852038
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 25th May 2011
Page Count: 486
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This book provides a comprehensive overview of how to strategically manage the movement and storage of products or materials from any point in the manufacturing process to customer fulfillment. Topics covered include important tools for strategic decision making, transport, packaging, warehousing, retailing, customer services and future trends.

Key Features

  • An introduction to logistics
  • Provides practical applications
  • Discusses trends and new strategies in major parts of the logistic industry


Researchers, professionals and students in logistics and supply chain management and operation management

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

1. Overview

1.1. History

1.2. Definition of Logistics

1.3. Evolution of Logistics Over Time

1.4. Other Logistical Books

1.5. The Focus of This Book

1.6. Organization

1.7. Audiences

2. Physical Flows

2.1. The Transportation System

2.2. Physical Nature of the Product

2.3. Channels of Distribution

2.4. Warehousing and Storage

3. Logistics Strategic Decisions

3.1. Strategy

3.2. Strategic Planning

3.3. Logistics

3.4. Logistics Decisions

3.5. Logistics Planning

3.6. Logistics Strategic Decisions

3.7. Tools of Strategic Decision Making

3.8. Logistics Strategic Flexibility

3.9. Summary

4. Logistics Philosophies

4.1. Lean Logistics

4.2. Agile Logistics

5. Logistics Parties

5.1. Third-Party Logistics: An Overview

5.2. New Generations of Logistics Parties

5.3. 3PLs: Theories and Conceptualizations

5.4. Concluding Remarks

6. Logistics Future Trends

6.1. Main Influencing Issues

6.2. Future Trends in Some Logistics Sectors

6.3. Future Trends in Technical Reports

7. Transportation

7.1. Basic Aspects in Transportation Systems

7.2. Classification of Transportation Problems

7.3. Case Study: An Application of Cost Analyses for Different Transportation Modes in Turkey

8. The Vehicle-Routing Problem

8.1. Definitions and Applications

8.2. Basic VRP Variants

8.3. Solution Techniques for Basic VRP Variants

8.4. Other Variants of VRP

8.5. Case Studies

9. Packaging and Material Handling

9.1. Material Handling

9.2. Packaging

9.3. Case Study

10. Storage, Warehousing, and Inventory Man


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About the Editor

Reza Farahani

Affiliations and Expertise

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Shabnam Rezapour

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Technology and Institute for Trade Studies & Research, Tehran, Iran

Laleh Kardar

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Trade Studies and Research and University of Technology, Tehran, Iran