What Is Logistics?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics

In general, logistics is the art and science of organizing a complex operation, and it is derived from the military definition of the term. In the context of “shipping and logistics,” such as for our business, 18 Wheels Logistics, logistics is organizing the packing, unpacking, storage, warehousing, and shipping of product in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible 

So, in one sense, this type of business is like logic problem and a puzzle. Very large companies would have a logistics department handling the transport and shipping of any type of product. Smaller companies often hire a third-party logistics company to handle these business requirements because it is so challenging and complex. Logistics companies are constantly evaluating and assessing every part of the shipping equation, improving performance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

One reason that third-party logistics companies are chosen is for the storage and warehousing capabilities. That, by itself, is an extremely complicated operation that most smaller companies are not ready for. Receiving products, packing, unpacking, shrink wrapping, loading, unloading, and storage requires specific equipment, experience, and expertise.

Then there is the trucking angle. If products are transported by trucks, then many different types of trucks, chassis, drivers, and mechanics may be required to keep everything operating at peak efficiency.

Managing logistics always requires a talented and dedicated team of individuals who work together well to make shipping work. Getting a product seamlessly from point A to point B is likely much more complicated than you may think. If you need help with your product’s logistics, please let us make it easy for you. This is our business.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

18 Wheels Logistics is your number one 3PL provider that provides the best outsourcing services in warehousing, labeling, copacking, and logistics. Contact us today to find out what we can do for your and your team.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.