Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Creating Value - Adding Networks (Financial Times Series) Hardcover – 16 Dec 2004
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From the Back Cover
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Creating Value-Adding Networks
Develop and exploit logistics strategies
In today’s highly competitive global marketplace, the pressure on organizations to find new ways to create and deliver value to customers grows ever stronger. There is a growing recognition that it is through logistic efficiency and effective management of the supply chain that the twin goals of cost reduction and service enhancement can be achieved.
Enhanced by diagrams, case-studies and chapter summaries, Logistics and Supply Chain Management looks at the tools, core processes and initiatives to ensure businesses gain and maintain their competitive advantage.
Key topics covered by Logistics and Supply Chain Management include:
· the idea of a service-driven logistics system based upon identified service priorities and a customer base segmented according to service requirements
· the many ways in which logistics can impact on overall return on investment and, ultimately, shareholder value
· logistics performance indicators: the concept of competitive benchmarking and the principles behind the balanced scorecard
· globalization: structuring a global logistics network, outsourcing and the co-ordination of network partners
· the logistics implications of JIT and how developments in information technology have been harnessed to access its power.
New to this edition:
· new chapters on logistics and customer value, integrated logistics and network logistics
· more emphasis on responsiveness, reflecting increased volatility of demand in many markets
· new chapter on managing risk in the supply chain
Responsiveness, reliability and relationships – the basis for successful logistics and supply chain management.
About the Author
Martin Christopher is Professor of Marketing and Logistics at Cranfield School of Management. His work in the field of logistics and supply chain management has gained international recognition. He has published widely, his recent books include Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Marketing Logistics. He is is also co-editor of the International Journal of Logistics Management and is a regular contributor to conferences and workshops around the world. At Cranfield, Martin Christopher chairs the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, the largest activity of its type in Europe. In addition to leading a number of on-going research projects in logistics and supply chain management, Martin Christopher is active as an advisor to many organisations and is non-executive director of a number of companies. In 1988 he was awarded the Sir Robert Lawrence Gold Medal for his contribution to logistics education and in 1997 was given the USA Council of Logistics Management’s Foundation Award.
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Still, despite being brief, it touches on most important aspects, and points you to further areas of importance if what you read here makes you want to change things in your organization.
So: Not technical, easy read, 4 stars instead of 5 because it is too brief to be truly useful for those that actually want to learn the subject-matter.
The author confirms his visionary approach and provides new thinking on supply chain risk and resilience. Not only agility is now more elaborated and explained as an important logistics strategy together with leaness, but also, hybrid strategies are proposed and practical cases are developed.
As always, the author ends with a view to the future and introduce the readers in the ever challenging thoughs of business transformations.
Key is the process, customer value and system integration perspectives threaded throughout but particularly in the last several chapters. The chaper on service response logistics is worth the price of the book.
As a practioner dealing with advanced SCM I found this very worthwhile and found myself wishing I'd written it. If you are relatively new to the field you need a decent baseline grounding and Stock & Lambert's book on 'Strateigc Logistics' is a perfect complement. To move slightly higher up the food chain get the recent compilation of HBR articles called 'Managing the Value Chain'. Together the three make a perfect bookshelf set for any practioner, student or corporate executive who needs to understand what integrated logistics, SCM or the future of e-business might be doing to your career or your firm's competitive prospects !
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