Logistics Operations and Management: Concepts and Models

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ISBN-13: 9780123852038
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 05/25/2011
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Logistics Operations and Management

Concepts and Models
By Reza Zanjirani Farahani Shabnam Rezapour Laleh Kardar

Elsevier Science

Copyright © 2006 Elsevier Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-12-385203-8

Chapter One


Reza Zanjirani Farahani, Shabnam Rezapour and Laleh Kardar

1.1 History

Many people believe that logistics is a word, but from a semantics point of view its origin was from ancient Greek and meant the "science of computation." In fact, it is originally from combat environments and not from business or academia. It seems the ancient Greeks referred the word logistikos to military officers who were expert in calculating the military needs for expeditions in war. As a science, it seems the first book written on logistics was by Antoine-Henri Jomini (1779–1869), a general in the French army and later in the Russian service, titled Summary of the Art of War (1838). The book was on the Napoleonic art of war.

1.2 Definition of Logistics

Jomini defined logistics as "the practical art of moving armies" and included a vast range of functions involved in moving and sustaining military forces: planning, administration, supply, billeting and encampments, bridge and road building, and even reconnaissance and intelligence insofar as they were related to maneuvers off the battlefield.

What is logistics? This section is an adoption of the first chapter in Farahani et al. (2009b). Many different definitions for logistics can be found. The most well known are the following: (a) "Logistics is ... the management of all activities which facilitate movement and the co-ordination of supply and demand in the creation of time and place utility". (b) "Logistics management is ... the planning, implementation and control of the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customer requirements" (CSCMP 2006) (c) "Logistics is ... the positioning of resources at the right time, in the right place, at the right cost, at the right quality" (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK, 2005). (d) "In civil organizations, logistics' issues are encountered in firms producing and distributing physical goods". (e) "Logistics is that part of the supply chain process that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers' requirements" (Council of Logistics Management 2003).

1.2.1 Why Is Logistics Important?

In each country, a huge amount of money is spent annually in logistical activities. For instance, in 2003 US logistical activity costs were 8.5% of the country's GDP. Given that the US GDP in 2003 was approximately $12,400 billion, the logistical activity cost was approximately $1054 billion (Seventeenth Annual State of Logistics Report of USA 2006)!.

1.3 Evolution of Logistics Over Time

Logistics has an ancient history. A quick look back can be enlightening. Its history dates to the wars of the Greek and Roman empires in which the military officials called logistiks were responsible for supplying and distributing needed resources and services. Providing them had an important and essential role in the outcomes of these wars. These logistiks also worked to damage the stores of their enemies while defending their own. This gradually guided the development of current logistics systems.

Logistics systems developed extensively during World War II (1939–1945). Throughout this war, the United States and its allies' armies were more efficient than Germany's. German army stores were damaged extensively, but Germany could not impose the same destruction on its enemies' stores. The US army could supply whatever was needed by its forces at the right time, at the right place, and in the most economical way. From that time, several new and advanced military logistic techniques started to take off. Gradually, logistics started to evolve as an art and science.

Today, experts in logistics perform their duties based on their skills, experiences, and knowledge. In modern industries, the task of logistics managers is to provide appropriate and efficient logistics systems. They guarantee that the right goods will be delivered to the right customers, at the right time, at the right place, and in the most economical way.

Although logistics is a dilemma for many companies, logistical science can bring some relief to them. In today's business environment, logistics is a competitive strategy for the companies that can help them meet the expectations of their customers. Logistics helps members of supply chains integrate in an efficient way. Logistics does not consist of one single component but involves a group of various activities and disciplines such as purchasing, planning, coordinating, warehousing, distributing, and customer service.

1.4 Other Logistical Books

As noted earlier, logistics was traditionally used in the military environments. Therefore, it is rational that the first books explicitly or implicitly relevant to logistics were combat oriented. The oldest one was Jomini's Summary of the Art of War (1838). Another and more recent example was the book coauthored by Lieutenant General William Gus Pagonis, the director of logistics during the 1991 Gulf War, and Jeffrey Cruikshank, Moving Mountains.

Nowadays logistics is being used in business environments as widely as in wars, and we can find different books recently written by researchers in academia. However, although many books talk about logistical processes individually—such as transportation, warehousing, distribution, vehicle routing problems (VRPs), and packaging—few comprehensive books encompass all of the logistical processes. Two examples of complete books that are basically applicable to private organizations are those by Riopel et al. (2005) and Ghiani et al. (2004).

Sometimes, we can see cooperation between logistical areas among several private organizations, governmental organizations, and also militants. For example, in case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami, or hurricane or typhoon, all of these organizations will be involved. Integration and coordination of materials, information, and financial flows between two or more private organizations can promote a traditional logistical system to become an advanced supply chain. To see a book in this area, interested readers can refer to.

1.5 The Focus of This Book

The question that might arise is, what is specifically different about this book? We explicitly highlight the following issues as the main point of this book.

• We have worked to include updated sources such as journal papers, conference proceedings, books, and Internet sources, so you may see references from recent years.

• Many of the references highlight some of the logistical processes such as the VRP and transportation. We have tried to equally cover all of the main logistics processes and thus have allocated separate chapters to each.

• There are two main classifications in a book such as this: (1) qualitative concepts and (2) quantitative models. We have tried to view both equally. Of course, we believe different topics need different degrees of focus. For instance, when talking about information and communication technology in logistical systems, most texts look at these areas from qualitative angles whereas the VRP is viewed mainly in quantitative terms. However, aside from the nature of a chapter, by default we have considered the importance of quantitative models and qualitative concepts at the same time.

• We are covering some topics in logistics that are not predominant in most large and private enterprises, for instance, disaster logistics and retail logistics. Moreover, some approaches and modeling concepts such as robustness and risk are highlighted in separate chapters.

• Then last but not the least, some chapters such as those covering logistical parties, logistical philosophies, and logistical future trends will interest readers and are not found in other sources.

1.6 Organization

This book is organized in 4 parts and 21 chapters such that the reader can study each chapter not only independently but also as part of a whole. If someone wants to study the book more deeply, our suggestion is observing the strategy in Figure 1.1.

Part I, Introduction, has two chapters. Chapter 1 (Overview) and Chapter 2, Physical Flows, which looks at the physical entities of a logistical system, including fixed and static components and moving entities. To do this, the author focuses on transportation modes, including land, air, water, and pipeline as well as warehousing systems. This chapter also summarizes intermodal, multimodal, and material-handling equipment.

Part II, Strategic Issues, includes four chapters. Chapter 3, Logistics Strategic Decisions, covers the strategic decisions that should be made in a logistical system such as network design, outsourcing, and integration. It also includes the objectives of making a strategic decision and informs interested readers on how to do that. Chapter 4, Logistical Philosophies, introduces different approaches to logistics and their advantages and disadvantages. These philosophies are mainly lean logistics, cross docking, just-in-time, agile logistical quick response, efficient consumer response, vendor-managed inventory (VMI). Chapter 5, Logistical Parties, examines definitions, activities, advantages, disadvantages, and types of first-, second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-party logistical providers. Finally, Chapter 6, Logistics Future Trends, introduces the main future trends of logistics and considers emerging technologies, trends, new strategies in industries, and recent technical reports and surveys, and it predicts logistical future focusing, especially on globalization, information technology (IT) and e-commerce, and new technologies.

Part III, Tactical and Operational Issues, includes five chapters. Chapter 7, Transportation, discusses how transportation systems move materials between facilities using different vehicles and equipment. In this chapter, we talk about the basic aspects of these systems and the classification of transportation problems. Chapter 8, Vehicle Routing Problems, includes different methods of product distribution between customers. The chapter is dedicated to introducing brief information of the most studied kinds of VRPs. Chapter 9, Packaging and Material Handling, discusses the movement, storage, control, and protection of materials, goods, and products throughout the process of manufacturing, distribution, consumption, and disposal. The focus is on methods, mechanical equipment, systems, and related controls used to achieve these functions. Chapter 10, Storage, Warehousing, and Inventory Management, examines the process of coordinating incoming goods, the subsequent storage and tracking of these goods, and, finally, the distribution of the goods to their proper destinations.

Chapter 11, Customer Service, is about order management, customer service, and the reasons for their importance. Then the elements of customer service are introduced with an emphasis on order cycle time. Given the importance of determining proper service levels in logical cost, the steps for developing proper service levels based on current frameworks are the next to be introduced.


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Table of Contents


1. Overview

Reza Zanjirani Farahani, Shabnam Rezapour, Laleh Kardar

2. Physical Flows

Hannan Sadjady


3. Logistics Strategic Decisions

Maryam SteadieSeifi

4. Logistics Philosophies

Zahra Rouhollahi

5. Logistics Parties

S. A. Seyed-Alagheband

6. Logistics Future Trends

Amir Zakery


7. Transportation

Zohreh Khooban

8. Vehicle Routing Problem

Farzaneh Daneshzand

9. Packaging and Material Handling

Mahsa Parvini

10. Storage, Warehousing&Inventory management

Maryam Abbasi

11. Customer Service

Samira Fallah


12. Logistics System: Information and Communication Technology

Shokoofeh Asadi

13. Reverse Logistics

Masoomeh Jamshidi

14. Retail Logistics

Hamid Afshari and Fatemeh Hajipouran Benam

15. Logistics Planning in Disaster

Ehsan Nikbakhsh and Reza Zanjirani Farahani

16. Freight Transportation externalities

Fatemeh Ranaiefar and Amelia Regan

17. Robust Optimization of Uncertain Logistics Networks

Sara Hosseini

18. Integration in logistics planning and optimization

Behnam Fahimnia and Reza Molaei M H Ebrahimi

19. Optimization in Natural Gas Network Planning

Maryam Hamedi, Reza Zanjirani Farahani, and Gholamreza Esmaeilian

20. Risk Management in Gas Networks

Reza Zanjirani Farahani, Seyyed Mostafa Mousavi and Mohammad Bakhshayeshi Baygi

21. Modeling the Energy Freight Transportation Network

Mohsen Rajabi and Reza Zanjirani Farahani

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