How can we minimise this impact? By better disaster preparedness and response, which depends upon effective logistics management. For every dollar raised for disaster relief, 80 cents is spent on emergency logistics.
But how exactly do we get these people the help they need? This is where the role of humanitarian logistics comes into play. Humanitarian logistics refers to the organization of delivering disaster relief supplies to those in need.
The research below explores further the need for humanitarian logistics and highlights the opportunities for how it is a key part of the supply chain management when dealing with disaster relief.
Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management How could cross partner relationships benefit humanitarian logistics?
Cross-sector partnerships usually involve the government publicbusiness private and non-profit civil society, communities sectors and can be used to improve the performance of humanitarian logistics. An International Journal Flying maggots: Using aircraft systems to overcome a medical challenge This paper demonstrates how the use of LE-RPAS long endurance remotely piloted aircraft systems can support remote communities and offers the potential to deliver healthcare supplies at reduced costs.
Hybrid cargo airships HCAs ability to operate from and into ad hoc locations including those on water would enable direct delivery from an international airhead or humanitarian response depot to an affected area. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management How can cloud computing improve collaboration between humanitarian organizations and their suppliers?
Cloud computing CC has a positive and significant impact on collaboration between humanitarian organizations and their suppliers and is found to be significantly positively associated with agility in humanitarian organizations.
This study seeks to address not only the question of whether CC improves collaboration but also other facets which may impact the relationship between CC and collaboration. An International Journal How important is visibility in humanitarian supply chain management? This study is among the first to empirically test the link between visibility, resource sharing and performance, specifically in a humanitarian context, which is among the critical success factors for better coordination and aid delivery.
The findings of the study, show the importance of visibility of resources in their supply chains to the humanitarian organizations and suggest that higher visibility of information can increase the resources shared. An International Journal How can we better manage disaster relief operations and supply chains?
It is important to remain focused even in times of chaos and natural disasters. Planning effectively and responding timely may help to optimize the limited resources that are available at the time and to deliver quality relief services to the disaster victims.
This paper explores the role of quality management models in facilitating planning, implementing, reviewing, and improving disaster relief supply chain management. The editors of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management share their thoughts on what the future research in Humanitarian Logistics looks like.
There are a number of examples of innovation such as the use of 3D printing and cash transfer programmes, that change the entire humanitarian system and how we see it.
Watch the space for more research insights to come! If you would like any more information, please contact me using the email address below.Humanitarian logistics information systems not only improve logistics activities in each phase, but can improve the continuity of humanitarian operations by sharing information throughout the transition of different disaster management cycle phases.
Howden How Information Systems Can Improve Humanitarian Logistics Proceedings of the 6th International ISCRAM Conference – Gothenburg, Sweden, May J. Landgren and S. Jul, eds.
Figure 1. Humanitarian Logistics and Humanitarian Supply Chain Flows. You can also check updates on novel research projects in humanitarian logistics from the HUMLOG Institutes LinkedIn group which you can join here. If you would like any more information, please contact me using the email address below.
Humanitarian logistics refers to the organization of delivering disaster relief supplies to those in need. The research here explores further the need for humanitarian logistics and highlights the opportunities for how it is a key part of the supply chain management when dealing with disaster relief.
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Howden, M. (), “How humanitarian logistics information systems can improve humanitarian supply chains: a view from the field”, paper presented at the 6th International ISCRAM Conference, Gothenburg, May.