Logistics, a central and transversal function
Often misunderstood or misinterpreted when one is not in the field, logistics is still often confused with transportation, which is precisely one of the components of logistics. This field is often linked to the activities of transporters in charge of delivering and storing goods. The objective is to ensure the proper management of the physical flow of goods between economic actors and the various departments of the company. According to ASLOG, the association of supply chain actors, it is “the art and the way to make a product available at the right time, at the right place, at the lowest cost and with the best quality”.
To achieve this, logisticians must coordinate all internal and external players before, during and after production. This involves managing suppliers and their products, then stock and warehouse management, then order preparation and dispatch, and finally the management of distribution flows. Logistics is a truly cross-functional activity that concerns all departments in a company.
Within your company, it is a function that must be able to respond both to short-term needs such as the optimization of daily physical flows, but especially to medium or long-term needs, such as the creation and implementation of action plans to optimize production and storage parameters.