Delft University of Technology
Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Transport Technology

S. Sarkar and Y. Zhao Supply chain management.
Literature survey, Report 2000.LT.5346, Transport Engineering and Logistics.

To maintain a sustaining position in today's competitive business world the most effective and efficient tool for any company is Supply chain or Business Logistics Management. An efficient and effective way to deliver the finished goods from producer to consumer is the ultimate aim of Supply Chain Management.

The concept of Supply Chain grew in different countries at different times in different ways. The main controlling factors for the development of the logistics concept were shaped by some common factors in all countries throughout the world. Besides, the local socio-economic and political situations also shaped the logistics concepts of a particular country.
Supply Chain Management can be subdivided into Inbound Logistics (Materials Management) and Outbound Logistics (Physical Distribution) systems.

Materials management usually includes the following activities: Each of these activities should be carried out systematically to end up with a successful Supply Chain.

The outbound logistics system controls the physical distribution system of the products from the manufacturers or sellers to the ultimate consumer. So, for outbound logistics system the main controlling factors are: The type and size of the company determines what type of logistics system it is going to adapt. These factors also dictate whether the company should pay much attention on the inbound or the outbound system.

All these concepts of Supply Chain management system are discussed and examplified in this essay.

Reports on Transport Engineering and Logistics (in Dutch)
Modified: 2005.11.08; , TU Delft / 3mE / TT / LT.