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The state of logistics: Research priorities for sustained improvement

Esbeth van Dyk, Hans Ittman, Mario Marais, Isabel Mayar, Emma Maspero
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 2, No 1 | a50 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v2i1.50 | © 2008 Esbeth van Dyk, Hans Ittman, Mario Marais, Isabel Mayar, Emma Maspero | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 November 2008 | Published: 15 November 2008

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Esbeth van Dyk, Logistics and Quantitative Modelling CSIR Built Environment, South Africa
Hans Ittman, Logistics and Quantitative Modelling CSIR Built Environment, South Africa
Mario Marais, Logistics and Quantitative Modelling CSIR Built Environment, South Africa
Isabel Mayar, Logistics and Quantitative Modelling CSIR Built Environment, South Africa
Emma Maspero, Logistics and Quantitative Modelling CSIR Built Environment, South Africa

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Abstract

The importance of logistics and supply chain management for the South African economy was re-emphasised by the findings of the CSIR’s third annual State of Logistics Survey. To meet current and future demands, the research agenda for logistics needs to be wider than the traditional (mainstream) focus. System inefficiencies as well as specific non-traditional areas need to be explored, e.g. the integration of rural and small businesses, government service delivery, sector cooperation, and emergency logistics. This article provides a brief overview of the current state of logistics in the country and the government’s response in terms of the National Freight Logistics Strategy. Research needs, research priorities and the role of research organisations are discussed.

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