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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Material Flow vs. Information Flow

Logistics is the task of managing two key flows: material flow and information flow. The logistics task of managing material flow and information flow is a key part of the overall task of supply chain management.

In the last logistics class on 14/05/2010 we have talked about material and information flow.

I have found a book that gives a very comprehensive example on this topic.
Logistics Management and Strategy: Competing Through The Supply Chain
by

  • Alan Harrison, Cranfield School of Management

  • Remko Van Hoek, Professor of Supply Chain Management at The Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Vice President Procurement at Nuon in the Netherlands


A preview on this book can be found here: http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/academic/product/0,3110,0273712764,00.html

The example for material flow and information flow is described as follows:
The concept of a supply chain suggests a series of processes linked together to form a chain. A typical Tresco (UK's largest food retailer) supply chain is formed from five such links.




Here, milk is produced by a diary cooperative and shipped to a cheese factory. Once made, the cheese is shipped to the manufacturer’s national distribution center (NDC), where it is stored and manufactured for nine months. It can then be shipped in response to an order from the retailer, and is transported first to the retailer’s regional distribution center (RDC). From there, it is shipped to store. Looking at the arrows in Figure 1.1, material flows from left to right. Information is shared across the chain: it is demand from the end-customer that makes the whole chain work.



Material flow defined


Information flow defined

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