Agile logistics in the new economy.
Report 2000.LT.5390, Transport Technology, Logistic Engineering.
The last few decades, fundamental changes in economic, social and
legislative factors have occurred, affecting the markets. Technologies
such as the Internet are beginning to transform businesses. The way
organisations operate and inter-operate with other enterprises is becoming
increasingly important. The first chapter discusses some conventional
logistic systems and emphasises the need for other new techniques driven
by the changes in the economy.
The second chapter argues the need for and
the demands regarding agility, or agile logistics. Important in acquiring
this agility are for example co-operation and the ability to respond
quickly and successfully to change. A key enabling strategy in agility is
to allow organisations to integrate across boundaries to share information
through computer networks.
The available technologies to create business
integration are discussed in chapter three. Various integration enabling
protocols and standards like XML, Business-to-Business Protocol Framework
and Trading-Partner Agreements are examined. The conclusion can be found
in the last chapter.
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