Definition of logistics in English:


plural noun

  • 1[treated as singular or plural] The detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies.

    ‘the logistics and costs of a vaccination campaign’
    • ‘The logistics for such a large-scale event are tremendous, and Thai organizers have been preparing for years.’
    • ‘I had good teams and good crews and we had people who handled the logistics.’
    • ‘This isn't a regular occurrence and she didn't put enough effort into planning the logistics.’
    • ‘It only took them a while to get the pieces together, because of the lack of economy of scale, lack of management talents and poor logistics.’
    • ‘As an exercise in logistics it is on a scale not seen in Europe since the Second World War and as a monetary experiment it is unprecedented in the history of the world.’
    • ‘Maybe I should explain the logistics a little clearer.’
    • ‘This goal may thus be achieved in a more frugal manner in terms of costs and logistics than was previously described.’
    • ‘He got someone called Mark Stevenson involved and asked him to work out the logistics.’
    • ‘Our indictment is ultimately not about logistics or tactics.’
    • ‘Many council officials also dismiss the idea of moving people indoors as completely impractical, because of the numbers and logistics involved.’
    • ‘A pilot study provides the researcher with experiential logistics from actual procedural implementation.’
    • ‘Take, for instance this statement in my letter detailing the logistics.’
    • ‘The costs and logistics involved in caring for children under two has meant far fewer places for this age group and a longer wait for young families.’
    • ‘They are involved with the communications and the logistics.’
    • ‘Before the teams arrived from Singapore, a group from there undertook a trip to identify the project location, facilities and logistics.’
    • ‘There were also problems in logistics and communications.’
    • ‘I suspect next year's winner is already planning the logistics for bringing along a Holstein cow.’
    • ‘They'd have to pay for it themselves, without corporate contributions, and they'd have to handle all the logistics.’
    • ‘Government should ensure police have all the logistics in place that will see that court cases are on schedule by ensuring there is always transport and fuel.’
    • ‘Fusser said exhibitions in Hong Kong are professionally organised and efficient, with sophisticated logistics.’
    organization, planning, plans, management, arrangement, administration, masterminding, direction, orchestration, regimentation, engineering, coordination, execution, handling, running
    strategy, tactics
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    1. 1.1Military The organization of moving, housing, and supplying troops and equipment.
      • ‘The game is mostly themed, but doesn't quite go as far as the actual mechanics of logistics and warfare.’
      • ‘Even military officers didn't care much for tactics or logistics, instead avoiding any chance of seeing combat.’
      • ‘Logisticians should be familiar with the plan as the cornerstone of DOD logistics of the future.’
      • ‘He taught himself about the use of modern artillery, logistics, military organisation and strategy.’
      • ‘Aviation is critical to mobility, timely logistics, and precision firepower.’
      • ‘Army logistics had become so strained that in December horse battalions were reintroduced.’
      • ‘This is just one example of smart logistics for the future Army.’
      • ‘The ending of the Cold War has had profound effects upon the philosophy of, and approach to, military logistics.’
      • ‘The most important and least well understood staff area, both during the Civil War and now, is logistics.’
      • ‘Those tenets are inherent in the current transformation of U.S. Army logistics.’
      • ‘This was in addition to providing logistics for military traffic.’
      • ‘We are a team, and don't forget each of us is necessary to win this war, especially logistics.’
      • ‘The logistics of moving the battalions was complicated, and the benefits on readiness problematic.’
      • ‘Like other great commanders, he was a master of logistics and communications.’
      • ‘The logistics of moving the troops and equipment is not what takes the most time in this process.’
      • ‘Doing so was especially difficult because the Americans had little in the way of support and logistics when the war started.’
      • ‘In premodern times, the limitations of military logistics acted as a restraint on the ability of states to interact with each other.’
      • ‘He said U.S. help would be forthcoming in military logistics and development programs for insurgency-hit areas of the country.’
      • ‘The wartime experience of logistics of air force is still relevant.’
      • ‘Massive expeditions by the USA in the immediate postwar period were powerful demonstrations of military logistics and technology.’
    2. 1.2The commercial activity of transporting goods to customers.
      [as modifier] ‘Germany's largest beverage logistics organization’
      • ‘It is owned by La Poste, which is the second largest operator in the European parcels and logistics market’
      • ‘It is one of 34 set up throughout the UK to cater for the business community's transport logistics needs.’
      • ‘By being near to its major client, significant cost savings in terms of logistics and utilities cost were expected.’
      • ‘There is a lot of potential for supply chain management and logistics expertise.’
      • ‘The Pleven plant will continue its production of malt, sales and distribution activities and logistics operations.’
      • ‘After five years, he had managed to negotiate a merger with another transport and logistics group, Ocean.’
      • ‘For small enterprises, the government aims to help foster their development into chain businesses and logistics operations.’
      • ‘It houses customer service, logistics, storage, administration, accounts and support for online sales and enquiries.’
      • ‘This industry is in the business of providing global logistics and supply chain services, and fast, reliable deliveries around the globe.’
      • ‘The second challenge is associated with the need to maximize the total capacity of the transport and logistics business through performance capability.’
      • ‘Now the company wants to extend that marketing and logistics savvy to beef and pork.’
      • ‘These business services range from customer management to supply chain logistics to product development.’
      • ‘We not only will be doing more complete package work, but also ensuring that the proper logistics are in place to get the goods to the customers on time.’
      • ‘Transport and other logistics of moving the commodity to other areas across the region were also cited as some of the challenges to the development of the crop.’


Late 19th century (in the sense movement and supplying of troops and equipment): from French logistique, from loger lodge.