Logistics management is part of supply chain management and is responsible
for planning and implementing efficient systems to get goods from the point
of origin (e.g., a factory) to the point of consumption (e.g., a store or
Logistics management systems are generally focused on the movement of products,
rather than the vehicles used to transport the products (sometimes referred
to as Transportation Management). In many cases, it involves intermodal, or
different types of transport (e.g., road, rail, etc.), distribution channels.
Some firms will use third-party logistic consultants to manage the movement
of goods as they often have expert knowledge and connections in the transport
industry to improve overall efficiency and cost savings. Transported products
may be tagged with barcodes, RFID tags or GPS for location tracking to monitor
the progress of goods all the way to their final destination and to improve
the integrity of the supply chain.