Several Definitions about Logistics

Here I quote several definitions about logistics from that may be useful to us all.

Logistics – (business definition) Logistics is defined as a business planning framework for the management of material, service, information and capital flows. It includes the increasingly complex information, communication and control systems required in today’s business environment. — (Logistix Partners Oy, Helsinki, FI, 1996)

Logistics – (military definition) The science of planning and carrying out the movement and maintenance of forces…. those aspects of military operations that deal with the design and development, acquisition, storage, movement, distribution, maintenance, evacuation and disposition of material; movement, evacuation, and hospitalization of personnel; acquisition of construction, maintenance, operation and disposition of facilities; and acquisition of furnishing of services. — (JCS Pub 1-02 excerpt)

Logistics – The procurement, maintenance, distribution, and replacement of personnel and materiel. — (Websters Dictionary)

Logistics – …the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements.” Note that this definition includes inbound, outbound, internal, and external movements, and return of materials for environmental purposes. — (Reference: Council of Logistics Management,, 12 Feb 98)

Logistics – The science of planning, organizing and managing activities that provide goods or services. — (MDC, LogLink / LogisticsWorld, 1997)

Logist – To perform logistics functions or processes. The act of planning, organizing and managing activities that provide goods or services. (The verb “to logist.” Eg. She logisted the last operation. I will logist the next operation. I am logisting the current operation. We logist the operations. The operations are well logisted.) — (MDC, LogLink / LogisticsWorld, 1997)

Logistics Functions – (classical) planning, procurement, transportation, supply, and maintenance. — (United States Department of Defense DOD)

Logistics Processes – (classical) requirements determination, acquisition, distribution, and conservation. — (United States Department of Defense DOD)

Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) – Encompasses the unified management of the technical logistics elements that plan and develop the support requirements for a system. This can include hardware, software, and the provisioning of training and maintenance resources. — (Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: HUM – The Government Computer Magazine “Integrated Logistics” December 1993, Walter Cooke.)

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