CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

2014 Edition
| Editors: The International Academy for Production Engineering, Luc Laperrière, Gunther Reinhart


  • Sotiris Makris
  • Kosmas Alexopoulos
  • George Chryssolouris
Reference work entry



Logistics is the management of materials’ flow from one location to another. Logistics involves the integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material handling, and packaging.

Extended Definition

Logistics is concerned with managing transportation, warehousing, and inventory stocking activities. According to the Council of Logistics Management Professionals (CSCMP 2011), it is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements. Transportation planning is a vast field that involves complex decisions about transportation modes, carriers, vehicle scheduling and routing, and many other activities that serve to move products through the company’s supply chain (Shapiro 2001). The fundamental...

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access


  1. Bellman R (1954) Some applications of the theory of dynamic programming – a review. Oper Res Q 2:275–288MathSciNetGoogle Scholar
  2. Chow H, Choya KL, Lee WB (2007) A dynamic logistics process knowledge-based system – an RFID multi-agent approach. Knowl Based Syst 20(4):357–372CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Chryssolouris G (2006) Manufacturing systems: theory and practice, 2nd edn. Springer, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  4. Chryssolouris G, Makris S, Xanthakis V, Mourtzis D (2004) Towards the internet based supply chain management for the ship repair industry. Int J Comput Integr Manuf 17(1):45–57CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) (2011). Accessed online August 2011
  6. Lancioni R, Schau HJ, Smith M (2003) Internet impacts on supply chain management. Ind Mark Manag 32:173–175CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Langevin A, Riopel D (2005) Logistics systems: design and optimization. Springer, New YorkCrossRefMATHGoogle Scholar
  8. Lewis I, Talalayevsky A (1997) Logistics and information technology: a coordination perspective. J Bus Logist 18(I):141–157Google Scholar
  9. Makris S, Xanthakis V, Mourtzis D, Chryssolouris G (2008) On the information modeling for the electronic operation of supply chains: a maritime case study. Robot Cim Int Manuf 24(1):140–149CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Makris A, Zoupas P, Chryssolouris G (2011) Supply chain control logic for enabling adaptability under uncertainty. Int J Prod Res 49(1):121–137CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Nyhuis P, Wiendahl HP (2009) Fundamentals of production logistics. Springer, Berlin/HeidelbergCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Papazoglou M, Ribbers P, Tsalgatidou A (2000) Integrated value chains and their implications from a business and technology standpoint. Decis Support Syst 29:323–342CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Shapiro J (2001) Modeling the supply chain. Thomson Learning, DuxburyGoogle Scholar
  14. Simchi-Levi D, Chen X, Bramel J (2005) The logic of logistics – theory, algorithms, and applications for logistics and supply chain management. Springer, New YorkMATHGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© CIRP 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sotiris Makris
    • 1
  • Kosmas Alexopoulos
    • 1
  • George Chryssolouris
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), Department of Mechanical Engineering and AeronauticsUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece