Sources of information in logistics
Primary data and information sources used in logistics activities are:
- internal sources - regarding production, transport and storage, as well as finance, marketing (customer service), etc.,
- external sources - located outside the company concerning cooperation with partners: suppliers, freight carriers, freight forwarders, logistics providers, final customers and sources of information about the environment (competitive and macro-environment),
From the point of view of the specific nature of data, there are sources of information on current results, activities and conditions of operation, as well as sources of prognostic information used in forecast. A special role in information gathering is played by external specialized provider of logistics services (they must also provide relevant and timely information about their activities). In the case of entrusting such an entity status of a full service logistics provider, it becomes an intermediary in providing relevant information from external sources.
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