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Chapter 3

Supply chain management and logistics

What's the difference?

It’s not uncommon to hear the terms “supply chain management” and “logistics” interchangeably. Perhaps this is because, from a high-level view, each culminates in the delivery of a product to the end user.

But thinking supply chain management is synonymous with logistics misses the point of all that SCM actually involves.

To bring clarity, let’s first hammer out a definition for logistics.