Physical Distribution Management Research Paper by Champ

Physical Distribution Management
A review of physical distribution management, business logistics and supply chain management.
# 98532 | 4,235 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Oct 02, 2007 in Business (Companies) , Business (Management) , Business (Applied Operations) , Business (General)

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This paper takes a look at physical distribution management. According to the paper, the vast majority of companies today are unable to compete in isolation and must depend on other companies to perform a complex chain of interdependent activities from source-of-supply to the end-user. The paper goes on to say that a single company rarely controls an entire supply chain, and effective management therefore depends on how well the combined capabilities of these firms can be integrated to achieve a competitive market-place advantage.

Table of Contents:
Overview of the Study
Importance of Study
Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"Likewise, supply chain managers can employ their customer databases to help synchronize supply chain operations with consumer needs. According to Cook et al. (2001), "This can be done through customer supplied forecasts, which many people deem a necessary part of managing a supply chain. The latest emphasis of forecasting has been in the areas of scheduling and logistics, renamed 'Supply Chain Management'" (p. 15). While such information technology can help almost any type of company improve their supply chain management techniques, the fact remains that logistics remains a primary constraint to effective supply chain management, but there are some solid steps that businesses of all types can take to overcome these constraints. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Agrawal, M. K., & Pak, M. K. (2001). Getting smart about supply chain management. The McKinsey Quarterly, 22.
  • Baldwin, L. H., Camm, F., Cook, C. R., & Moore, N. Y. (2002). Implementing best purchasing and supply management practices: Lessons from innovative commercial firms. Santa Monica, CA, Rand.
  • Champy, J. A., & Wang, M. Y. (2000). Accelerated logistics: Streamlining the Army's supply chain. Santa Monica, CA: Rand.
  • Ciscel, D. H., & Smith, B. E. (2005). The impact of supply chain management on labor standards: The transition to incessant work. Journal of Economic Issues, 39(2), 429.
  • Coleman, B. J., & Pohlen, T. L. (2005). Evaluating internal operations and supply chain performance using EVA and ABC. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 70(2), 45.

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