The Role of GIS in Routing and Logistics

According to the Council of Logistics Management (CLM), logistics is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements. In order to accomplish this requires the optimal location and number of depots and warehouses, as well as the efficient management of vehicle fleets to meet delivery schedules together with effective planning of vehicle routes. Today, logistics and routing is an integrated activity involving multiple modes and trans-shipment at intermodal facilities. The use of the latest routing and logistics tools that can help plan, allocate, and track vehicles and shipments in space and time is necessary to meet customer requirements for supply chain management and just-in-time delivery. The logistics industry has responded to this challenge, leading to the widespread use of information and communication technology. With the growing use of Global Positioning System (GPS) and automated vehicle location (AVL) technologies, the attraction of a computer-based mapping technology such as geographic information systems (GIS) has increased. GIS integrate spatial and attribute data to create a powerful database and mapping system; they are designed to work with location-based systems, and are therefore an attractive choice for logistic providers.

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    • Published as Volume 5, Handbooks in Transport series, ISSN 1472-7889.
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    The Boulevard, Langford Lane
    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • Sutton, John C
    • Visser, Johan
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 357-374
  • Monograph Title: Handbook of Transport Geography and Spatial Systems

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  • Accession Number: 01004051
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080441084
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 2005 1:33PM