Over the last ten years Logistics hasbecome an indispensable, competitive weapon within most distribution environments, andcurrent activity suggests that, if anything, this trend is set to accelerate in the comingyears. The Gartner Group has identified three criteria that represent the fundamentalareas where companies are currently striving for improvement in logistics processes:Velocity, Variability and Visibility. These criteria apply to all aspects of the SupplyChain, and optimal logistics performance is achieved through effective management andcontinuous improvement in all three factors.