Logistics and Supply Chain Management and the Impact of Information Systems and Information Technology

Logistics and Supply Chain Management and the Impact of Information Systems and Information Technology

Gregory D. Gleghorn (South Piedmont Community College, USA) and Alan Harper (South University, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6473-9.ch014


Supply chain management is the backbone of the movement of goods and services. Supply chain management is a term that has evolved from logistics. Traditional supply chain management involved a salesperson, who was the focal point in the supply or logistical chain. In a traditional supply chain model, a business would contact a salesperson to inquire about a product or a salesperson would pitch a product to a business; then the ordering process or supply chain management of movement of goods would funnel through the salesperson as the initial interface. Today, the supply chain has evolved; IT has changed the landscape of the supply chain with applications, such as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), CRM (Customer Relationship Management systems), and ERP (Enterprise Resource Programs). The result is major changes in competitiveness, efficiency, costs, and strategy. This chapter examines the evolution of supply chain management and the impact of IT.
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Physical distributions of goods and services have had a profound effect upon society from time immemorial. Physical distribution, logistics, and supply chain management are all terms relating to the same core function; however, supply chain management is the current evolution of the former. Supply chain management or SCM, has evolved to become part of business strategy and finance. In fact as Enrico Camerinelli (2008), asserts it is about aligning the operational flow with the financial flow. It is about fully evaluating the processes and the ‘end-to-end’ information that determine the values of liquidity, of the accounts and of the corporate working capital. This is a study of information systems and supply chain management utilizing information technology. The research problem is addressing the impact and influence of information technology upon supply chain information systems or supply chain management technology (SCMT). The following questions will serve as investigative questions: How has information technology affected supply chain management? How have information systems evolved in supply chain management and if so to what degree? For example, Lambert and Stock (1982) wrote the traditional emphasis on sales volume will be replaced by a concern for profitable business development. Top management’s attention will be directed toward the physical distribution function as an area ripe for expense and asset reductions. Companies such as Wal-Mart and Target have certainly manifested Lambert and Stock’s prognostications by implementing “Just in Time” (only necessary products, at the necessary time, in necessary quantity) (Sugimori, Kusunoki, Cho, & Uchikawa, 1977) procedures or Value Added Networks (VAN) (Sherer, 2005). This paper will attempt to answer these questions, along with a comparative analysis of supply chain management before applications such as CRM (customer relationship management software), ERP, (enterprise resource planning applications, or EDI (enterprise data interchange).

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