HOW INTEGRATED IS INTEGRATED LOGISTICS?

P.J. Pretorius
2012 South African Journal of Industrial Engineering  
Description: A model is constructed from the necessary conditions derived from the definition of integrated logistic support that suggests how business logistics and logistics engineering have to co-exist and be integrated to achieve integrated logistics. Abstract: Industry and academia still have a major problem in grasping the extent and relationships of all functions involved in integrated logistics. This is because business logistics and logistics engineering developed separately, each with
more » ... their own following, resulting in the two so-called different disciplines ignoring each other. By analysing the definition of integrated logistic support, it is possible to identify the necessary conditions for an integrated logistics model. From these necessary conditions, a model of the management functions and technical activities is constructed to suggest the purpose and place of all logistics functions to work in an integrated way towards the goal of the organisation. The model suggests that logistics engineering and business logistics are both required in the organisation and that it is of vital importance that these functions are executed in unison. This model is different to previous models in that it approaches logistics from the organisations viewpoint rather than from a logistics viewpoint.
doi:10.7166/8-2-396 fatcat:nkrgswb6vfbrbgh5hi2uq7cn2q