Physical distribution today

  • Ivanka Dimitrova


The decade of the 1980s has been described as a ‘period of flux’ for the world’s economies. Energy shortages, inflation, food surpluses and imbalances, together with increasing transport costs, will plague authorities in the decade ahead. These same factors will also have a significant impact on the operation of the distribution systems used by many companies because they will affect both the cost and the level of service that they can provide for their customers. Lancioni and Grashof (1981) have listed the problems to be tackled as:(i) The need for improved distribution management(ii) The need for improved distribution planning(iii) The growth of computerized order processing systems(iv) A shortage of energy and critical fuels(v) The need for improved financial planning(vi) The decline in productivity(vii) Changes in the transport regulatory structure.


Inventory Control Distribution Cost Business Logistics Physical Distribution Distribution Management 
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