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Would You Believe that Logistics and Supply Chain Date Back to the 19th century?

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Talk about shock and awe! When I think about logistics and supply chain, it is in the same breath with business software. And since business software is a relatively new invention, I was quite surprised by the timeline in this well researched and documented infographic: History of Logistics and SCM prepared by

As bloggers on the ERP Software Blog, we write a lot about technology, ERP systems, business software solutions. We write a lot about wholesale distribution and supply chain management (SCM), too, because many of our clients and readers are manufacturers and distributors. But we rarely take the kind of long view provided in this infographic.

Here are a few highlights:

1898: The term “logistics” appears in an article
1919: Syracuse University offers a business degree with a specialization in Traffic and Transportation
1952: A US patent is issued for a Barcoding System
1961: IBM develops a Bill of Material, the earliest version of MRP
1982: Booz, Allen and Hamilton coin the term “Supply Chain Management”
1988: The term “Lean Manufacturing” is introduced
1996: The Supply Chain Council is established
2000: US Department of Labor creates a job classification for “Logistician”
2012: Obama Administration announces “National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security”

And here we are. A group of 21st century ERP bloggers, subject matter experts, largely focused on the present state and future potentials of supply chain management. For example, there was a recent article on Microsoft’s “The Edge” blog entitled: “A business solution from Microsoft looks forward not backward.” Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. It’s just pretty interesting to take a walk down memory lane and trace the history of the technology we all but take for granted today.

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By Marcia Nita Doron, Altico Advisors, Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner for Manufacturing and Distribution serving New Hampshire (NH)

3 Responses to “Would You Believe that Logistics and Supply Chain Date Back to the 19th century?”

  1. e2elogistics says:

    Waste is one of the greatest costs in the logistics industry. People’s efforts are repeated two, three, even ten times. If you need consultants to help with your current system, E2E Logistics Consulting, Inc. has the expertise in import software and export software to drastically improve your operations.

  2. Thanks, CST. Another reader pointed out that logistics and supply chain can actually be traced back to the early Greek and Roman campaigns. How else would have moved so many troups and so much equipment across entire continents as they established their empires.

  3. ERP says:

    Awesome a very good article, i like it.

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