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QUESTION: Is the use of IT in logistics as advanced as the use of IT in other areas of business? Be sure to make a good argument for your position.

What is your opinion on ROGER's and KELLY's ANSWERS to the Question above? Be sure to make a good argument for your position and support your response with evidence from a resource.

KELLY's ANSWER:

IT in Logistics is still growing but there are specific IT functions such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Warehouse management systems (WMS), and Transportation management systems (TMS) that a business needs in order to support their operations. As far as advanced IT in Logistics there are many systems and software available to suit different business needs. I believe that more money is put into creating and manufacturing products rather than upgrading to a state of the art logistics program however there seems to be more focus on logistics operations today. Using IT in logistics can do many things for a business to include saving money and saving man-hours. The need for state of the art logistics systems is going to rely heavily on the IT world.

Reference: The Role of IT in Logistics. http://www.logisticsquarterly.com/issues/13-4/LQ_13-4.pdf

ROGER's ANSWER:
Yes, IT in logistics it does not have a choice but to be up to speed as IT in other areas of business. Logistics is the back bone to all this is how all business gets the equipment it uses. If IT in logistics was not up to speed business will fail. We must keep up the system in order for money to be made. Information technology (IT) is a major of the functions of logistics. IT is vital to increase the competitiveness of logistics companies. Due to the development of the communication technologies and IT systems companies have rely more on IT systems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supply_chain_management

http://www.scdigest.com/assets/Reps/SCDigest_Global_Logistics_Excellence.pdf

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KELLY's ANSWER:
IT in Logistics is still growing but there are specific IT functions such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Warehouse management systems (WMS), and Transportation management systems (TMS) that a business needs in order to support their operations. As far as advanced IT in Logistics there are many systems and software available to suit different business needs. I believe that more money is put into creating and manufacturing products rather than upgrading to a state of the art logistics program however there seems to be more ...

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