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Global Logistics

New Directions in Supply Chain Management

Gain a truly international perspective with this overview of important trends and latest developments in logistics and supply chain management.
EAN: 9780749471330
Edition: 7
Format: 235x156
512 pages

About the book

The field of logistics continues to develop at a remarkable pace. Until recently, logistics was barely considered in long-term plans, but its strategic role is now recognised and lies at the heart of long-term plans in almost every business. Reasons for this change include: communications and information technology offer new opportunities; world trade grows; competition forces operations to adopt new practices and become evermore efficient; and the concern for the environment increases. Add to this the increased emphasis on consumer satisfaction, flexible operations and time compression, and it's clear that getting logistics right is important.

This 7th edition of Global Logistics, edited by Stephen Rinsler and Donald Waters, has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest trends, best practices, and cutting-edge thinking on global logistics. It provides guidance on important topics, including agile supply chains, IT, sustainability and performance management, collaboration, outsourcing and humanitarian logistics.

This edition of Global Logistics provides new chapters on supply chain trends and strategies, fulfilling customer needs, and supply chain vulnerability. There are also dedicated new chapters on China and Central and Eastern Europe to assess developments across the globe.

This edition serves as a forum for acknowledged sector specialists to discuss key logistics issues and share their authoritative views. The new edition introduces new contributors, including leading thinkers from international universities and businesses. Global Logistics is an invaluable source of guidance and practical advice for students, managers and practitioners, who will find it an essential text that also includes online resources.

Online resources available include a student manual with key learning outcomes for each chapter.

About the authors

Stephen Rinsler has extensive industrial experience covering the entire supply chain, including senior positions (SVP) in Unilever (UK and European procurement and supply chains), Exel (now DHL) Europe (Services Director with a brief that included procurement, risk, health and safety), Volt Europe (SVP Operations), and Procurement and Supply Chain Director for Storehouse (Bhs and Mothercare). He is currently Director of Bisham Consulting.

Donald Waters has over thirty years' experience of teaching and working in logistics and operations management. He is a visiting professor at various universities, including University of Calgary, Warsaw School of Economics, Czech Management Centre, University of Quebec at Montreal, University of Sheffield, Henley Management College and Edinburgh Business School. He is the author of several well-known logistics books.

The newly updated edition of Global Logistics reflects the international nature of the logistics sector with contributions from academics and practitioners based around the world. Looking at new directions and best practices spanning North America, Central and Eastern Europe through to China, this book provides an essential reference for students and professionals alike.

Dorothea Carvalho, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport