Introduction to E-Logistics and E-Supply Chain Management

Introduction to E-Logistics and E-Supply Chain Management

Deryn Graham (University of Greenwich, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3914-0.ch001
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This chapter provides an introduction to the E-Logistics and the E-Supply Chain Management paradigm. It presents definitions and an overview of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and the logistics processes of the Supply Chain.
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Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been a vital part of every economy and every business entity. Supply Chain Management (SCM) encompasses the management (including the planning, design, implementation and control) of all of the logistics processes (including procurement, warehousing, inventory control, manufacturing, distribution and sales order fulfillment functions) of a business. Both sciences have become prestigious research fields in the past few years. More than 75 journals include these terms in their titles (Folinas, 2012).

The objectives of this chapter are to define and provide an overview of concepts and terms, namely; Logistics, Supply Chain Management, E-Logistics and E-Supply Chain Management (E-SCM). The chapter describes the logistic processes of Supply Chain Management, the relationships between Information Technology (IT), and resulting trends such as greater Supply Chain Integration and Collaboration.

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