By Andre Langevin, Diane Riopel

In a context of world pageant, the optimization of logistics structures is inescapable. Logistics platforms: layout and Optimization falls inside this attitude and provides twelve chapters that good illustrate the range and the complexity of logistics actions. every one bankruptcy is written by way of famous researchers who've been commissioned to survey a particular subject or rising quarter of logistics. the 1st bankruptcy, by means of Riopel, Langevin, and Campbell, develops a framework for the total publication. It classifies logistics judgements and highlights the suitable linkages to logistics judgements. The intricacy of those linkages demonstrates how completely the selections are interrelated and underscores the complexity of handling logistics actions. all the chapters specialize in quantitative tools for the layout and optimization of logistics structures.

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Approximately 10% of t domestic product is devoted to supply-related activities (Sim Kaminsky, and Simchi-Levi, 2003, p. 5). Within individual in the percentage of the cost of a finished delivered item to thef sumer can easily exceed this value. Supply chain managemen not only the movement of goods but also decisions about (1) produce, what to produce, and how much to produce at each what quantity of goods to hold in inventory at each stage of the (3) how to share information among parties in the process an (4) where to locate plants and distribution centers.

The degree of consolidation is chosen to exploit economie and optimize the total relevant costs. It depends on the prev cisions regarding the physical facility network, the order inter quantities, and the types of carriers, as well as on the characte the product(s), and the customers' demands and locations. The transportation fleet mix decision determines the mixture cles (possibly from different modes) comprising the fleet. This on the previous decisions concerning the degree of consolida types of carriers, and the demand forecasts.

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