Logistics Management Service

Logistics is the management of the flow of goods, information and other resources between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet the requirements of consumers. It involves the integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material-handling and packaging. Logistics is the channel of the supply chain which adds the value of time and place utility. In business it can be defined as the process which aims to have the right item in the right quantity at the right time at the right place for the right price in the right condition to the right customer. The goal of logistics is to manage the fruition of project life cycles, supply chains and resultant efficiencies.

In business, logistics may have either an internal focus (inbound logistics) or external focus (outbound logistics) covering the flow and storage of materials from point of origin to point of consumption. The main functions involved in business logistics management include inventory management, procurement, transportation, warehousing, consultation and the organization and planning of these activities to achieve a coordination of resources within the organization. There are two fundamentally different forms of business logistics: one optimizes a steady flow of material through a network of transport links and storage nodes, while the other coordinates a sequence of resources to carry out some project.

Production logistics is a term used for describing logistic processes within an industry. The purpose of production logistics is to ensure that each machine and workstation is being fed with the right product in the right quantity and quality at the right time. The issue is not the transportation itself, but to streamline and control the flow through the value-adding processes and to eliminate the non-value-adding ones. Production logistics can be applied in existing as well as new industrial facilities. Manufacturing in an existing facility is a constantly changing process: machines are exchanged and new ones added which gives opportunities to improve the production logistics system accordingly. Production logistics provides the means to achieve customer response and capital efficiency. It gets more and more important as batch sizes for production decrease. In many industries (e.g. mobile phones) batch size one is the short-term aim and with optimal production logistics even a single-customer demand can be fulfilled in an efficient way. Tracking and tracing – which is an essential part of production logistics due to product safety and reliability issues – is also gaining importance especially in the automotive and medical industries.

Twenty20 Consulting Ltd has some in-house experience in logistics management, but works mostly with partners and sub-contractors to outsource logistics projects or logistical parts of larger aggregated projects. This service focuses mostly on business logistics and production logistics related to on-demand printing facilities for publishers and media companies (for which some in-house expertise is available).

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