Sep 21, 2020

What is Logistics Management?

Logistics Management
Supply Chain
Matilda Pilkington
2 min
Woman in factory
Originally a military-based term, Supply Chain Digital takes a detailed look at what Logistics Management means today...

Originally a military-based term referring to the movement of equipment and supplies to troops, logistics now is the name given to the portion of an organisation responsible for handling resources along the supply chain. It requires coordinating and ensuring that all the materials and people are in the right place at the right time to ensure that the business operates correctly.

Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management and Logistics Management are sometimes confused and used interchangeably, however they are two aspects of a process. Supply chain refers to a large network of organisations that work collaboratively to deliver products from a supplier to a customer. Logistics Management, on the other hand, is the coordination and moving of resources, and forms part of the supply chain. 

Logistics Management focuses on the management of daily operations concerning the final product of the organisation. Logistics Management’s main aim is to allocate the right amount of a resource at the right time. It is also ensuring that it gets to the set location in a proper condition while delivering it to the correct internal or external customer.

Who Is Responsible for Logistics Management? 

This differs from company to company and role to role but a specialist in logistics is called a logistician. They are responsible for analysing and coordinating an organisation’s supply chain and oversee the entire life cycle of a product from acquisition through to delivery. 

Why Is Logistics Management Important?

Logistics Management can be reduced to the fundamentals of the most efficient and effective ways to move resources and products to the customer. This ultimately provides the best service to customers who are ever demanding faster and more efficient services.

Logistics management is also able to create visibility within an organisation's supply chains, provide data on real-time movements and therefore advise on and implement change that directly affects the organisation as a whole. 

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Logistics Management forms a core part of a supply chain for any organisation, managing and overseeing the distribution network to ensure that inventory management is under control.

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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