I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Logistics: Evolution, Intermodal Transport, Measuring Performance and Distribution System. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. The movement of goods over supply lines has intensified and so has the information flow over corporate information structures. Concepts like Just-in-time (JIT) in manufacturing and product tracking (in courier service) industry have led to the development of intensified information-based control systems. Time is not far off when we will see the development of the ‘virtual organizations’ based on information processing technologies integrating with each other on the knowledge sharing based architectures.
The initial thrust of web technology “has ended up with disparate islands of diverse technologies”(Malhotra). In other words, there is free information and ‘islands’ of technology in the sea of information. Economic resource planning constitutes discrete information usage to meet company objectives. Any wrong usage of information to convey, command, and conduct an activity or use resources may prove costly enough to throw a profitable company into losses. The failure of energy powerhouse Enron is attributed to indiscreet use of information to make wrong decisions. However, such a situation is faced by employees, suppliers, partners, and buyers who are faced due to the free availability of information on the Internet. Orders, acquisitions, requisitions, control over supply chains, value additions over distribution chains, supply chains, and logistics is achieved by the discreet use of information. Definitely, we are in information and we have to move towards ‘knowledge’ age in logistics.
Hence the need for the development of business intelligence, fuzzy logic solutions that can process information (without human interface) has emerged. Discernment between and only provides useful information inputs non-useful information will be made business intelligent applications. As a result, we will not only see the rise of business intelligent software, and advanced tracking and control applications but also intelligent interface located at the input and output gates of a company.
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