Applying Anticipatory Logistics to Business
What is anticipatory logistics? It’s a system made of information which anticipates the requirement of customers needs so suppliers can provide adequate service production to meet their needs. Anticipatory logistics is part of the supply chain management which is how things get from the manufacturer to the customer, but it also is the raw materials that are needed in manufacturing. The U.S. Army uses Anticipatory logistics in their supply chain to manage ammunition, maintenance and fuel needs; they use C4I which stands for computer, command, control, communication and intelligence along with other DOD military branches. Logistics are part of military operation and knowing when solders will need new equipment in the field takes planning and coordination through the supply management board. In this paper I attend to describe anticipatory logistics and why it works well for the army and that is should be used in corporate business.
To understand more about anticipatory logistics, it’s important to understand the supply chain management. The supply chain involves how things get from the manufacture to the end user, but its is also how materials which is needed for manufacturing get to the manufacture and the company that makes the goods from them who is the end user in a supply chain of command. If the supply chain isn’t managed correctly, there could be delays in production process or there would be too many shipments and not enough places to store them. In the corporate world, a mismanaged supply chain could mean a loss of revenue but on the military side of the supply chain it could be the loss of solders in field which has a great cost that revenue.
Logistics today are beginning to receive the same attention in the private sector in the different areas such as distribution management, product life cycle management, process control, and just in time delivery of supplies and services have given advantages the distinguish a world class firm. Logistics is the basis of sustaining operations which the operation can be manufacturing, customer sales and service, government services, health care, education, disaster relief, or the support of military operations. This is the information age where logistics is becoming more an exercise for applied information management that no longer focuses on the industrial capability, but instead forecasting and controlling supplies and service delivery. Successful operators in every field know how important it is to just getting what is need and when it is needed. Precise planning is where managers fail because there is no plan. In the past information was hard to get and a lot of the time it wasn’t up to date information. Precision planning, process engineering, and real time process control. Precision planning is possible but also...