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Last change: 10/09/2009

Logistics involves the process of planning, implementing and controlling the most efficient and cost-effective flow and storage of goods, including raw materials, in-process stocks, finished goods and related information. Transportation is effected on behalf of the customer from the point of origin to the point of consumption. Essentially, it is the science and art of ensuring that the right products reach the right place in the right condition and the right quantity at the right time at the minimum possible cost.

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Warehouses are the premises of a company where stocks of materials or equipment are stored. These may be semi-finished and finished products or also spare parts and basic materials for further processing. In some cases, warehouses are also used to improve products (cheese, wine, whiskey).

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Pallets are flat wooden trays that can be used to store and transport goods. There are many different types of pallet (e.g. flat pallets and box pallets). Pallets can be made of wood, plastic and metal, as well as other materials. The "Europool" pallet (120 x 80 centimeters) is the most widely-used type.

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