Logistics serves the human civilization in an indivisible way on a daily basis. Key services
and operations of any business are generally reliant on the logistics system.
Have you ever wondered in the absence of logistics where will we get fresh fruits from, will
newspapers be delivered early morning at our doorsteps, where will we get our daily supplies
from and what about the other commodities and services required to sustain a better life?
Similarly, logistics plays a very crucial role when it comes to relief operations in
disaster management. With the disruption of the supply chains in the place and ravaging of
the local stocks due to the disaster or calamity, there is a need for speedy restoration of
daily supplies to sustain the basic needs of the affected people. And this is where
logistics management plays its part.
The major domains of logistics management are:
Had there been no logistics in the city, would a packet of biscuit, or a piece of clothing
donated in the name of disaster relief possibly have reached the aggrieved state, and from
there distributed to the people concerned?
Let’s talk about the domain of logistics in this scenario, step by step:
Image 1: Procurement logistics deals in procuring food grains and other non-perishable daily-use, commodities from the fields, stores, educational institutions, etc.
Image 2: Production logistics deals with streamlining and controlling the flow of goods in the supply chain etc.
Image 3: Distribution logistics is a broad term comprising the processing, packaging, warehousing, transportation and delivery of goods and commodities to the aggrieved people.
Image 4: So clearly, logistics has an important role to play in every sphere of life. In the absence of logistics, most of the businesses will collapse; factories may close as there end products will never reach the end-consumer, heavy transportation industry will suffer a major setback, the prices for fuel may soar to the highest level and the service industry will definitely collapse.