The Council of Logistics Management has commissioned a study to determine the potential of applying logistics principles in service organisations. The authors suggest that logistics principles are even more important in service organisations than in production firms. To realise this potential, however, the definition of logistics must be expanded. Service logistics is defined as the management of activities which respond to customers on an individual basis. The services′ historical underpinnings are examined and some guiding concepts central to service response logistics are provided. These concepts include the benefit delivery, delivery processes, delivery orientation, responsive planning, and a customer service model that focuses on individual customer needs.
Davis, F.W. and Manrodt, K.B. (1991), "Service Logistics: An Introduction", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 21 No. 7, pp. 4-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000000393
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