What’s The Difference Between Logistics and Supply Chain Management? (Infographic)

Logistics Vs. Supply Chain

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Both Logistics and the wider Supply Chain are vital to how companies run today, but the two are still so often confused. We put together an Infographic outlining some of the key differences and points of overlap between them. While it may be an obvious distinction to many pros across the field, there’s still a lot of ambiguity – sometimes within companies, as well – about what constitutes Logistics, and what constitutes Supply Chain Management. As a recruitment firm with over a decade of experience specialized in this area, we figure we’d weigh in!

In short, Logistics is a part of Supply Chain Management that deals with the physical movement of goods for just in time delivery. Supply Chain, as a field, grew out of Logistics in the 80s to encompass a wider strategic consideration of everything that’s involved in bringing a product to market.

Check out the Infographic below, where we dive into the topic in more detail! We’ve stepped up our game, if we do say so ourselves.

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16 thoughts on “What’s The Difference Between Logistics and Supply Chain Management? (Infographic)”

  1. Many people consider that the supply chain management and logistics are same. But the difference between these two has explained very well in the above article and this info graphic representation makes easier understanding of the same. Thanks for sharing the above information

  2. What you see depends on where you sit.

    The “definition” that is being presented (quite elegantly) is the commercial definition. The diagram aligns nicely with the standard CSCMP definition, for example. Most commercial practitioners would agree with it.

    However, the Defense world has a different lexicon. Traditionally the military has had the two definitions flipped around, where supply chain was often considered a subset of logistics. In the official definitions that has changed over the past few years, but the legacy practice in the world of DoD is to consider Logistics to be the big dog.

    The current official definition of “logistics” in the military remains vague enough to allow the historical interpretation, “Planning and executing the movement and support of forces.” Doesn’t include “make,” but it sure covers everything else.

  3. I not agree with this kind of explanations what only try to minimize logistic under SCM. Under my point of view, this infographic doesn’t show clearly what means SCM and what is the key to understand how this works.

  4. Thanks for your simple and very good attempt to clear our misconceptions about logistics and supply chain management.You really focused to the point 🙂 Good job done Mike .

  5. Pls enhance the importance of collaboration and working together in the SCM concept for effectiveness and efficiency of the whole supply chain starting internally before extending to up-stream and down-stream.

  6. Logistics is a part/component and parcel of the total supply chain, Logistics operates within a supply chain.

  7. This is largely a matter of philosophy, and I tend to agree with Steve Geary’s and Naresh Bojraj’s comments, above. Logistics is not separate from Supply Chain, but a distinct part of it. In fact, for clarity I segment Supply Chain Management into two main areas: Supply Chain Planning and Supply Chain Execution. What you call “Supply Chain” is generally what I call “Supply Chain Planning.” And what you call “Logistics” is generally what I call “Supply Chain Execution.” It’s sort of like “Plan the work, then work the plan.”

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