Logistics Operations and Management

Logistics Operations and Management

Concepts and Models

1st Edition - May 25, 2011

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  • Editors: Reza Farahani, Shabnam Rezapour, Laleh Kardar
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323165204
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123852038

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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 Management
    10.1. The Reasons for Storage Inventory
    10.2. The Role of Distribution Centers and Warehouses in Logistics
    10.3. Warehouse Location
    10.4. Warehouse Design
    10.5. Types of Warehouses
    10.6. Warehouse Components
    10.7. Warehouse Tasks and Activities
    10.8. Inventory Management
    10.9. Virtual Warehouses

    11. Customer Service
    11.1. Customer-Service Definition
    11.2. What Is Behind the Growing Importance of Customer Service?
    11.3. Customer-Service Elements
    11.4. Order-Cycle Time
    11.5. Developing a Policy for Customer Service
    11.6. Measuring Customer-Service Performance

    12. Logistics System
    12.1. The Importance of Information in Logistics
    12.2. Logistic Information System
    12.3. Logistics Information and Communication Technology
    12.4. Conclusion

    13. Reverse Logistics
    13.1. The Literature on RL
    13.2. Review of Various Aspects of RL
    13.3. Information Technology for RL [3]
    13.4. RL and Vehicle Routing [30]
    13.5. Quantitative Models for RL [8]
    13.6. Classification of Product Recovery Networks [9]

    14. Retail Logistics
    14.1. Overview
    14.2. Typology
    14.3. Techniques
    14.4. Future Trends
    14.5. Case Study

    15. Humanitarian Logistics Planning in Disaster Relief Operations
    15.1. Introduction
    15.2. Disasters
    15.3. Disaster Management System Cycle
    15.4. Humanitarian Logistics
    15.5. Humanitarian Logistics Problems
    15.6. Coordination of Humanitarian Logistics Systems
    15.7. Performance Measurement of Humanitarian Logistics Systems
    15.8. Case Studies and Learned Lessons
    15.9. Conclusion

    16. Freight-Transportation Externalities
    16.1. Introduction
    16.2. Freight-Transportation Trends and Costs
    16.3. Over-the-Road Freight-Transportation Externalities
    16.4. Policies to Reduce Externalities
    16.5. Conclusion

    17. Robust Optimization of Uncertain Logistics Networks
    17.1. A Literature Review on RO
    17.2. Optimization Under Uncertainty
    17.3. RO of Logistics Networks
    17.4. Challenges of RO

    18. Integration in Logistics Planning and Optimization
    18.1. Logistics Planning and Optimization Problem
    18.2. Significance of Integrated LP
    18.3. Issues in Integrated LP
    18.4. An Integrated LP Model
    18.5. Optimization Tools and Techniques
    18.6. A Case Study

    19. Optimization in Natural Gas Network Planning
    19.1. Introduction
    19.2. Natural Gas Network Problems
    19.3. Survey on Application of Optimization
    19.4. Case Studies
    19.5. Conclusions and Directions for Further Research

    20. Risk Management in Gas Networks
    20.1. Structure of Gas Networks
    20.2. The Vulnerabilities and Risks of Gas Networks
    20.3. How to Manage Risks in Gas Networks?

    21. Modeling the Energy Freight-Transportation Network
    21.1. Introduction
    21.2. Energy Freight-Transportation Network
    21.3. Case Studies
    21.4. Conclusions and Directions for Further Research

Product details

  • No. of pages: 486
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2011
  • Published: May 25, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323165204
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123852038

About the Editors

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

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