Key Issues in Logistics and Supply Chain

  • Syed Abdul Rehman Khan
  • Zhang Yu
Part of the EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing book series (EAISICC)


This chapter has emphasized some of the main issues and problems of SCM and logistics, including distribution network configuration, supply chain integration, strategic partnering and inventory control, etc., and it has also discussed some of the problem-solving approaches, including network flow optimization, ERP , outsourcing vs. buying, statistical process control and TQM, with the help of different literature reviews.

Further, a couple of the key influences on supply chain and logistics development are identified in this chapter. Key changes occurring throughout the supply chain are probable. These many developments are indicative of ongoing basic and essential changes. Specifically, the association among supplier, manufacturer, distributor, retailer and consumer may need rethinking. Now the main idea of supply chain and logistics is moving towards the need for supply chain and logistics partnership. The overall trend, strengthened by the latest IT (information technology), is greater integration in end-to-end supply chain management.


Global optimization Supply contracts ERP implementation Business process re-engineering Decision support system Supplier management  Disconnected network Network configuration Internal functional integration Information sharing Quick response and JIT VMI (vendor managed inventory) Inventory replenishment External integration Green supply chain management External environment Postponement Internal integration ASEAN, NAFTA, EU 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed Abdul Rehman Khan
    • 1
  • Zhang Yu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Economics and ManagementChang’an UniversityXi’anChina

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