Logistics n 1 (1861) the aspect of military science dealing with the procurement, maintenance, and transportation of military materiel, facilities, and personnel and handling the details of an operation (Webster’s Dictionary); 2 (1997) coordinating and driving the production process through the fast and flexible movement of information, production capacity and transportation options (John D. Kasarda, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Business and Director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
SCLA Launches Global e-Logistics Hub
SCLA is the best strategic location for global enterprise logistics
VICTOR VALLEY, USA — Increasingly competitive global markets require greater delivery speed, agility, and product personalization on the part of manufacturers and distributors. The emergence of electronic commerce as a viable shopping medium, customers’ growing preference for made-to-order products and manufacturers’ increasing use of supply-chain management methods have all increased demand for guaranteed, time-sensitive delivery options. Many of the products associated with these trends—computers and electronic components, books and music CDs, medical prescriptions and apparel—have a high value-to-weight ratio, making them ideal candidates for dedicated air freight delivery.
Because just-in-time delivery and quick, flexible customer response will increasingly influence market success, companies must now organize their operations around real-time information about shifting customer needs and the location of productive assets and available transportation options. Under these conditions, efficient access to a global intermodal network, capable of rapid uninterrupted delivery and seamless flexibility in optimizing transportation modes is imperative. Air transportation will continue to play the flagship role in time-sensitive global intermodal networks, while the ability to quickly and efficiently transfer shipments to appropriate truck and rail connections will be important in satisfying customers.
Southern California’s solid growth trends and importance as a strategic global gateway are driving the region’s air cargo demand, which is projected to increase more than 100% over the next decade (SCAG 1998 Regional Transportation Plan). Recognizing the critical need for strategic intermodal logistics capabilities, SCLA is ideally situated to provide companies with logistics needs with unmatched infrastructure and access to western U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets.
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