Coordinative function of logistics
An important condition for the integration of the company's activities in pursuit of meeting the needs of customers is the coordination of these actions. Coordination means combining of only those elements (people performing specific activities, and other resources with specific functions) that are necessary to ensure success, These elements contribute to the success of the whole (assembly, or any part) - and thus managers should use them in the right quality, amount and at the right time.
Coordination of activities carried out under the various functions of the company to provide customers products that meet their needs depends therefore on obtaining timely and appropriate information to enable decision related to the commitment of necessary resources. The fulfillment of such a condition is substantially simplified by the logistics information system formed respectively.
Information as a coordinator
Information supporting the coordination should be used primarily on such areas of responsibility as planning of needs of the individual units involved in the supply, production, distribution and scheduling. Taking into account the types of information at the operational level, system should provide data on settlement of deliveries, inventory allocation, and shipping of final and supplementary deliveries. Information adds significant value to whole logistic process of the company and between companies.
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