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Apply These Essential Factors When Designing a Global Logistics Organization

Published: 31 July 2019

ID: G00386574

Analyst(s): David Gonzalez , Greg Aimi , Sean Hurley


Supply chain leaders designing global logistics organizations need to find a balance among strong operational performance, optimal cost and strategic growth objectives. Incorporate these essential factors to facilitate successful logistics organization design initiatives.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • What Do You Mean, Logistics?
  • So, Who’s Responsible for What?
  • Why Organize or Redesign the Organization Anyway?


  • Take a Comprehensive View When Undertaking the Logistics Organization Design Initiative by Incorporating Four Key Principles
    • Context
    • Governance
    • Infrastructure and Resources
    • People and Talent
  • Determine Which Organization Platform Is the Most Appropriate for the Business
    • How to Choose Which Platform to Use
    • Decentralized
    • Center-Led
    • Centralized
  • Design for the Organization’s Regional Needs Avoiding the One-Size-Fits-All Approach

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