Logistic systems constitute one of the cornerstones in the design and control of production systems and the modelling of supply chains. They are key to a number of industries, and courses teaching logistics systems planning and control are becoming more widespread. Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control is the first book to present the quantitative methods necessary for logistics systems management at a level suitable for students of engineering, computer science and management science. It features introductory material on business logistics and covers sales forecasting, inventory management, warehouse design and management, and transport planning and control.
- Presents a balanced treatment of quantitative methods for logistics systems planning, organization and control.
- Each topic is illustrated with real examples.
- Features a number of case studies that show how the methods can be applied to complex logistics problems.
- Each chapter features an annotated bibliography of key references.
- Assumes only a basic knowledge of operations researc h.
- Supported by a Website featuring exercises and teaching material.
Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control provides an accessible self-contained introduction to the subject for researchers, practitioners, and students of logistics and supply chain management, in both academia and industry. The book has been developed from courses taught to engineering, computer science and management science undergraduate and graduate students.
About the Author
Gianpaolo Ghiani is Associate Professor of Operations Research at the University of Lecce, Italy. His main research interests lie in the field of combinatorial optimization, particularly in vehicle routing, location and layout problems.
Gilbert Laporte obtained his PhD in Operations Research at the London School of Economics in 1975. He is Professor of Operations Research at HEC Montréal, Director of the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. He is also a member of GERAD, of the Centre for Research on Transportation (serving as director from 1987 to 1991), and Fellow of the Center for Management of Operations and Logistics, University of Texas at Austin. He has authored or coauthored several books, as well as more then 225 scientific articles in combinatorial optimization, mostly in the areas of vehicle routing, location, districting and timetabling.
Roberto Musmanno is Professor of Operations Research at the University of Calabria, Italy. His major research interests lie in logistics, network optimization and parallel computing.