(Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, 2007). Both Stank et al. (2002) and Lin (2006) describe the importance of integrating the logistics processes of all supply chain partners to better serve the needs of ultimate customers. Rodrigues et al. (2005, p. 1) identify logistics as one of the largest costs involved in international trade. Christopher (2005) argues that the concept of cost employed in logistical decisions is narrow and ignores other costs like, inventory cost and obsolesce risk cost.
Therefore, good Logistics management can (logistics, 2004) online:
Help ensure all activities are focused on customer service
Help ensure the right items and resources are in the right place at the right time at the lowest overall cost
Reduce the time taken to perform many activities
Improve service and thus help to gain more business
Reduce physical waste and wasted time
Help to use resources more effectively
Contribute significantly to improved safety by promoting tracking and control of all activities
Increase profitability by reducing the costs of doing business
Encourage integration and the development of supply chain teams
Help to offer improved and wider services to your customers at lower costs to your business.
In line with choice of the best pipe line to meet the market needs, I will evaluate some of Professor Christophers arguments as follows:
1.) Quick Response Movement (QR):
Low son et al (1999) defines QR as A state of responsiveness and flexibility in which an organization seeks to provide a highly diverse range of products and services to a customer/consumer in the exact quantity, variety and quality, and at the right time, place and price as dictated by real-time customer/consumer demand
Professor Christopher argues that quick View More »