Humanitarian Logistics: Advanced Purchasing and Pre-Positioning of Relief Items

  • Serhan Duran
  • Özlem Ergun
  • Pınar Keskinocak
  • Julie L. Swann
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Abstract

Unfortunately, the world has experienced frequent disasters as well as mega-disasters in the last decade. The challenges faced during the relief efforts to those disasters called for improvements in the area of humanitarian logistics. In this chapter, first we present introductory knowledge on disaster management and humanitarian logistics. The complexities and inefficiencies in the current relief response practice are indicated. To improve the disaster response, we investigate the options of advance purchasing and pre-positioning of the relief items through applied projects performed for different humanitarian organizations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serhan Duran
    • 1
  • Özlem Ergun
    • 2
  • Pınar Keskinocak
    • 2
  • Julie L. Swann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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