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History of logistics

Looking at the history of logistics.
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In the last step, we considered varying definitions of logistics – but what about its history? Let’s take a look back through time.

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The history of logistics. This image is available as a PDF document download at the bottom of the page

Adapted from Uhl, A. and Gollenia, A. (2014)

Your task

Which timeframe do you think had the biggest impact on logistics? Discuss your thoughts in the comments area.


Uhl, A., & Gollenia, A. (2014). Digital enterprise transformation: A business-driven approach to leveraging innovative IT. Gower Publishing Limited.

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