What Are Inbound Logistics?

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Inbound logistics are the functions of general logistics management that concern arranging the influx of raw materials, parts or finished inventory from suppliers to end users. Logistics plans, implements and controls the flow of goods between an origin point and an end point where those goods will be consumed according to the University of Nebraska.

General logistics is divided into two categories of activity: outbound logistics and inbound logistics. A person in charge of inbound logistics for a company manages everything related to the incoming flow of resources that the company needs to produce its goods or services, such as seeking out cost advantages, acquiring access to limited raw materials and arranging quicker delivery.