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Logistics & Supply Chain Management: creating value-adding networks (3rd Edition) Hardcover – February 24, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0273681762 ISBN-10: 0273681761 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 3 edition (February 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273681761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273681762
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Preface

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. Gradually, in emerging economies as well as mature markets, the power of the buyer has overtaken that of the customer.

The rules are different in a buyers' market. In particular customer service becomes a key differentiator as the sophistication and demands of customers continually increase.

At the same time, market maturity combined with new sources of global competition has led to over-capacity in many industries leading to an inevitable pressure on price. Price has always been a critical competitive variable in many markets and the signs are that it will become even more of an issue as the "commoditization" of markets continues.

It is against this backdrop that the discipline and philosophy of logistics and supply chain management has moved to the centre stage over the last two decades. The concept of integration within the business and between businesses is not new, but the acceptance of its validity by managers is. There has been a growing recognition that it is through logistics and supply chain management that the twin goals of cost reduction and service enhancement can be achieved. Better management of the "pipeline" means that customers are served more effectively and yet the costs of providing that service are reduced.

This is the focus of this second edition of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The basic themes and underlying structure of the book have not changed from the first edition but as ideas progress and best practice gets even better, the need for revision and up-dating becomes inevitable. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.  


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That chapter alone is worth buying the book.
Jan Husdal
As a practioner dealing with advanced SCM I found this very worthwhile and found myself wishing I'd written it.
David Livingston
This book is an excellent overview of logistics and supply chain management.
JM

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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By David Livingston on November 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book and introduces the practioner to some of the frontiers of strategically driven service response logistics. In other words how to design, deploy and organize integrated SCM for corporate strategic reasons, not just for functional cost control. Probably one of three key books for understanding the frontiers and highly recommended.
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JM on December 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent overview of logistics and supply chain management. I own dozens of texts on these subjects and this is one of the best. If your looking for a college text with problems to work out; then this is not the book for you. But, if your looking for quick insight into these topics, this is an excellent choice. The book quickly teaches the reader strategy, industry trends and supplies some basic quantitative tools. The industry examples bring the topics to life. Two thumbs up from me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Sćtra on February 8, 2007
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After reading various textbooks on logistics, quantitative analysis and strategy, this book was very refreshing, in large part from the fact that it is a short and non-technical book. The title of my review says it all, this book is summary for busy people wanting to get som insights into what is going on in logistics and organizational theory . I got through the book in two readings, which is a very valuable aspect for busy people.
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.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cheap-n-Easy on April 12, 2002
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If you like me need to get to SCM strategic or tactical decisions, I would rather consult other books I also own. "Strategic Logistics Management" from a school book perspective and the brand new "Designing and Managing the Supply Chain" are excellent and better resources, covering everything (and then some) this book can offer. I will probably resell my copy of this book.
For SAP "Jockeys" or those who are thinking about SAP, "Supply Chain Management based on SAP Systems" is Excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Farromeque on March 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After reading many books about logistics and supply chain issues, this third edition adds value to the field.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.I.H. on November 30, 2008
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This book provides a very good overall review of basic Supply Chain functions, the linkage between them and some tactical precepts. The focus is higher level strategy. It helps the reader develop a fuller understanding of the discipline; it is an easy read and is well worth the time. Note that it does not focus heavily on any area; such as, materials management, distribution design, etc. Also, it does not guide you in developing a company strategy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Husdal on April 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book by Martin Christopher, is one of the better if not among the best books on supply chain management. Written by Professor Martin Christopher of the Cranfield School of Management, the book deals particularly with best practices in supply chain management in the current era of globalization. Responsiveness, reliability and relationships are the basis for successful logistics and supply chain management. Strategies like Just-In-Time (JIT), Lean and Agile thinking are reviewed, and last not least, there is a very solid chapter on supply chain risk, which is what interested me in particular. That chapter alone is worth buying the book.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2001
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Generally...I have found that an individual needs to read three books on any one subject to capture a firm grasp upon the topic. With this title you may stop at two after a basic supply chain text is read.
The author covers all the key topics...with enough depth to interest the reader in additional topics/books on specific elements of the supply chain.
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