Globalization and the Labor Markets of the Logistics Industry
17 Pages Posted: 6 May 2008
Date Written: 2008
When the Frontline documentary, Is Wal-Mart Good for America? was released, it presented a vision of an information-intensive logistics system which brought goods to market from far-off suppliers on schedule. In the documentary, when a customer purchases a product at Wal-Mart, the cashier's computer scans the sale and sends information to the company's inventory control internet data-base so that orders for new supplies of that product can be transmitted to suppliers in China. Throughout academia, researchers have absorbed this image, and fashioned a picture of a logistics industry that is tightly integrated. Sales data drives orders; orders drive logistics services; shipping data drive warehouse schedules; lean inventories mean low insurance and interest costs.
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