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Logistics 4.0 and Future of Supply Chains

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Over the past 40 years, we have seen dramatic changes and transformations in the operations carried out in the logistics and supply chain management. First of all, operations carried out today are not the same as those that were carried out in the past. Furthermore, they are more complicated in comparison with those of the past, and organization of these logistics operations is not possible unless logistics companies use advanced technologies. More importantly, while technology has rapidly developed, customer demands have also shown dramatic changes. Also, advanced technology usage has been more advantageous to companies. Even small-scale companies have become very competitive to stay in the business environment, thanks to their own technological developments. This, of course, assumes the companies and supply chains can easily compete depending on their technology usage in the highly competitive environment, which is often not the case. It is not sufficient to be aware of the power of technology; small enterprises should internalize the fourth logistics revolution as an important component of the industry 4.0. It is not an instrument for reducing cost alone, it is a circular process that requires an evaluation from a wider perspective. In addition to the theoretical background of logistics 4.0., real-world examples and case studies are available in this book. It has successfully examined the techno-logical improvements concerning the logistics management. It has proposed a methodological frame to understand the technological revolutions happening in the present day from the perspective of logistics management.

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İyigün, İ., Görçün, Ö.F. (2022). Introduction. In: İyigün, İ., Görçün, Ö.F. (eds) Logistics 4.0 and Future of Supply Chains. Accounting, Finance, Sustainability, Governance & Fraud: Theory and Application. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-5644-6_1

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