The quality of transport logistics is now recognized as being vital to the success of many organizations. The ability to transport goods quickly, safely, economically and reliably is seen as vital to a nation's prosperity and capacity to compete in a rapidly globalising economy. Logistics has advanced significantly during since the 1980s as companies have appreciated the gains from such initiatives as limiting inventories, making use of "seamless" distribution services and taking advantage of advances in telecommunication and information technologies. Institutional changes, such as deregulation and privatization, have in many countries led to contexts in which these changes could take place. The integration of transportation into the production process through advanced information systems and the application of modern management techniques is now at the centre of logistics. This volume contains commissioned refereed papers that cover the main elements of transport logistics. The authors were selected from around the world and asked to provide critiques of their subject areas as well as a review of the state of the art and case study examples.These up-to-date contributions cover all the main areas of transport logistics, providing those in the field with current information whilst at the same time offering easy access for those who are new to the field and are seeking review material.
Introduction. (A.M. Brewer et al.). Globalisation and International Perspectives. Perspectives on global performance issues (T. Heaver). European transport: insights and challenges (C. Ruijgrok). North America: insights and challenges (T. Corsi). International logistics: a continuous search for competitiveness (H. Meersman, E. Van de Voorde). Supply Chain Management. The development of thinking in supply chain and logistics management (A. Braithwaite, D. Hall). The supply chain management and logistics controversy (D. Lambert). The concept of value: symbolic artefact or useful tool (A. Brewer). Intermodal transportation (B. Slack). Logistics Management. Integrated logistics strategies (A. McKinnon). Lean logistics (P. Hines et al.). Inventory management (D. Waters). Just-in-time (S. Taylor). Warehousing: a key link in the supply chain (K. Ackerman). Consolidation and transhipment (M. Beuthe, E. Kreutzberger). Logistics outsourcing (M. Browne, J. Allen). Customer Services. Services marketing (R. Verma). Understanding and predicting customer choices (H. Oppewal, H. Timmermans). Logistics Performance Management. Costing theory and processes (W. Talley). Benchmarking and performance management: the role in quality management (D. Gillen). Green logistics (J-P. Rodrigue et al.). Organisational Logistics. Organisational logistics: definition, components and approaches (A. Brewer). Public policy and logistics (C. Grimm, M. Dresner). Comparative Industry Approaches. Retail logistics (J. Fernie). City logistics and freight transport (R. Thompson, E. Taniguchi). Manufacturing logistics (T. Whiteing). Maritime logistics (M. Brooks, G. Fraser). Air-freight logistics (A. Reynolds-Feighan). Bulk commodity logistics: overview and case study (K. Trace). Express delivery (D. Sage). Hazardous goods (K. Hancock). Research and Development. Dynamics and spatial patterns of intermodal freight transport networks (H. Priemus, R. Konings). Supply chain statistics (M. Bronzini). New technologies in logistics management (R. Stough). Freight and logistics modelling (G. D'Este).