Cindy Hartley - Marketing Manager
When I started my career in logistics friends and family would always ask “what is logistics?” I had two go to answers:
- Working in Logistics is like being a travel agent for freight.
- Everything involved in getting freight from point A to point B.
The clothes you wear, dishes you use, pens, pencils etc. all have to has to get to their destination. It more than likely got there by truck, train, or sea. Logistics plans the route. Virtually everything you use has moved in a truck.
The dictionary definition of logistics is the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies.
Logistics World outlines several definitions of the word logistics. (See below)
Logistics - (business definition) Logistics is defined as a business-planning framework for the management of material, service, information and capital flows. It includes the increasingly complex information, communication and control systems required in today's business environment.
Logistics - (military definition) The science of planning and carrying out the movement and maintenance of forces.... those aspects of military operations that deal with the design and development, acquisition, storage, movement, distribution, maintenance, evacuation and disposition of material; movement, evacuation, and hospitalization of personnel; acquisition of construction, maintenance, operation and disposition of facilities; and acquisition of furnishing of services.
Logistics - ...the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements." Note that this definition includes inbound, outbound, internal, and external movements, and return of materials for environmental purposes.
Cradle-to-Grave - Logistics planning, design, and support, which take in to account logistics, support throughout the entire system or product life cycle.
But at the end of the day it all means one thing.
Logistics means having the right thing, at the right place, at the right time.