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There is often confusion between “logistics” and “supply chain management”. Logistics is one activity of the end-to-end process of supply chain management. On the other hand, “Supply Chain Management deals with the management of materials, information, and financial flows in a network consisting of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and customers." Prof. HauLee -Stanford Supply Chain Forum. Thus, while supply chain management has a rather narrow and specific role, logistics is more varied and difficult to constrain to a single role. However, for the purpose of clarity, the LOG will adapt the logistics definition provided by Thomas and Nizushima“The process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, cost-effective flow and storage of goods and materials as well as related information, from the point of origin to the point of consumption for the purpose of meeting the end beneficiary’s requirements.”  Logistics training: Necessity or Luxury? (Forced Migration Review, no 22, Jan. 2005.).


Commercial Logistics versus Humanitarian Logistics