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Global Logistics

Global Logistics

New Directions in Supply Chain Management

Donald Waters, Stephen Rinsler


Provides a truly international perspective on important trends and latest developments in logistics and supply chain management.

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About the book

The field of logistics continues to develop at a remarkable pace. Until recently, logistics was barely considered in long-term plans of even major companies, but its strategic role is now recognised and it lies at the heart of long-term plans in almost every business. There are many reasons for this change: communications and information technology are offering new opportunities; world trade is growing; competition is forcing operations to adopt new practices and become evermore efficient; and there is increasing concern for the environment. Add to this the increased emphasis on consumer satisfaction, flexible operations and time compression, and it becomes clear why it is so important to get logistics right.

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

The 7th edition of Global Logistics provides completely new chapters on supply chain trends and strategies, fulfilling customer needs, and supply chain vulnerability. Assessing real-world developments across the globe, there are also dedicated new chapters on China and Central and Eastern Europe.

This multi-contributed edition serves as a forum for a range of 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 (UK, USA, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hong Kong).

Global Logistics is an invaluable source of guidance and practical advice for students, managers and practitioners alike, who will find it an essential text they can refer to again and again.

The book includes helpful online resources, including key learning outcomes for each chapter.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: New directions in logistics – Martin Christopher;
    • Chapter - 02: Best practices in logistics and supply chain management: the case of Central and Eastern Europe – Krzysztof Rutkowski;
    • Chapter - 03: Trends and strategies in global logistics and supply chain management – Christian F Durach, Frank Straube and Andreas Wieland;
    • Chapter - 04: Incentives and the strategic management of suppliers – Glyn Watson, Chris Lonsdale and Joe Sanderson;
    • Chapter - 05: Time compression in the supply chain – Adrian Beesley;
    • Chapter - 06: Building more agile supply chains – Remko van Hoek;
    • Chapter - 07: Using marketing and logistics to fulfil customer needs – David B Grant;
    • Chapter - 08: People powering contemporary supply chains – John Gattorna;
    • Chapter - 09: Linking supply chain management to shareholder value – Heimo Losbichler and Farzad Mahmoodi;
    • Chapter - 10: Outsourcing: the result of global supply chains? – Stephen Rinsler;
    • Chapter - 11: Risk in the supply chain – Lars Stemmler;
    • Chapter - 12: Managing supply chain vulnerability – Alan Braithwaite;
    • Chapter - 13: Information systems and information technologies for supply chain management – Xinping Shi and Simon Chan;
    • Chapter - 14: Improving management of supply chains by information technology – Heikki Holma and Jari Salo;
    • Chapter - 15: Delivering sustainability through supply chain management – Kirstie McIntyre;
    • Chapter - 16: Performance measurement and management in the supply chain – Alan Braithwaite;
    • Chapter - 17: Optimizing the movement of freight by road – Alan McKinnon;
    • Chapter - 18: Retail logistics – John Fernie;
    • Chapter - 19: Internet traders can increase profitability by reshaping their supply chains – Robert Duncan;
    • Chapter - 20: Time as a trade barrier – Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås;
  • Section - ; 21: Learning from humanitarian supply chains – Rolando Tomasini and Luk Van Wassenhove;
    • Chapter - 22: Global sourcing and supply – Alan Braithwaite;
    • Chapter - 23: International road and rail freight transport activity – Jacques Leonardi, Allan Woodburn, Julian Allen and Michael Browne;
    • Chapter - 24: Developments in Western European strategies – Michael Browne, Julian Allen and Allan Woodburn;
    • Chapter - 25: Recent development of e-tailing and its logistics in China – James J Wang;
    • Chapter - 26: Logistics strategies for Central and Eastern Europe – Grzegorz M Augustyniak;
    • Chapter - 27: North American logistics – Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Markus Hesse


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

A great collection of in depth and well researched articles on developments in Global Logistics touching on many current subjects, such as e-tail, sustainability, risk and vulnerability, global sourcing, transportation and humanitarian logistics. Inspiration for anybody in Supply Chain or Logistics.
Martijn Graat, Founder of LogisticsMatter.com

As companies focus on increased competition, new opportunities presented by technology, and concern for the environment, the strategic role of the supply chain lies at the heart of many long-term plans. Waters and Rinsler provide ideas, best practices, and suggestions on how to handle current and future trends in logistics and supply chain management. Their guidance covers topics such as agile supply chains, logistics IT, sustainability, and performance management.
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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749471330
  • Edition: 7
  • Published: 3rd September 2014
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 512 pages

About the Author

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.

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