Saturday, 26 October 2013

The Difference Between E-Logistics and Traditional Logistics


Characteristics
Traditional Logistics
EC Logistics
Type, quantity
Bulk, large volume
Small, parcels
Destinations
Few
Large number, highly dispersed
Demand type
Push
Pull
Value of shipment
Very large, usually more than $1,000
Very small, frequently less than $50
Nature of demand
Stable, consistent
Seasonal (holiday season), fragmented
Customers
Business partners (in B2B), usually repeat customers (B2C), not many
Usually unknown in B2C, many
Inventory order flow
Usually unidirectional, from manufacturers
Usually bidirectional
Accountability
One link
Through the entire supply chain
Transporter
Frequently the company, sometimes out-
sourced
Usually outsourced, sometimes the
company
Warehouse
Common
Only very large shippers
(e.g., amazon.com ) operate their own

Source: Taken from wps.prenhall.com

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