Logistics


The management orientation evolves from an operational focus at Stage 1, through a managerial approach at Stage 11, to the strategic top management level at Stage 111. Simultaneously, the financial orientation evolves from that of cost reduction at Stage 1, to profit maximization in Stage 11, to the optimization of return on investment in Stage 111—the orientation of senior corporate executives.

As logistics organizations take on the appearance of a senior management function, they assume senior-level positions within the company. Fifty-nine percent of the Stage 1 organizations report to general management, 14 percent report to marketing and sales, and 27 percent report to manufacturing. By Stage 111, a distance shift has occurred: 73 percent of logistics organizations report to general management. Thus, it is at Stage 111 that logistics organizations assume a truly top management position in the general management structure.

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Managing Supply Chain


Your organization must have an efficient flow of materials, people and information to support your processes. If you are a manufacturer, you bring in raw materials, information and services—and then deliver finished goods to customers; hospitals move patients, materials and other services. Logistics is the management function that is responsible for these movements.

The final product of one organization becomes the raw material of another, so your process forms one part of the complete supply chain. The Institute of Logistics recognizes this by defining logistics as ‘the time-related positioning of resources or the strategic management of the total supply chain.’ They also emphasize the focus on customers by saying, ‘The supply chain is a sequence of events intended to satisfy a customer.’ In common with most interest groups, the Institute likes to emphasize its strategic role, but in reality it involves a whole range of decisions that are vital to the success of your organization.

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