Transportation & Logistics

Simply put, logistics refers to the totality of how inter-related parts and events come together to achieve a stated goal.

In everyday American English, the term in used in this sense even when there is no transportation involved.

So for example, if a friend tells you he's are organizing a surprise birthday party for his wife, you'd ask "How are you going to manage the logistics?" Essentially, you are asking: how are you going to find out the phone numbers of your wife's friends, invite them for the party without your wife knowing about it, organize the event, bring your wife to the venue on some false pretext and so on. Put differently, you are asking: how are you going to coordinate a complex set of events to achieve the goal of your wife being surprised.

In business parlance, it is used as a technical term for managing complex processes that involve transportation.

So, for example, Toyota uses Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing. This means that Toyota optimizes its inventory with respect to its assembly line schedule, taking into account a number of factors: what part (say, a car door) is needed in the assembly line at what point and at what time, how long it takes for that part to arrive at the assembly line from its supplier, where is the supplier located, which trucking company has the proper schedule and route to pick up the part from the supplier and deliver it to the assembly line and so forth.

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