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What Is Inbound Logistics?

Inbound logistics refers to the detailed plans focused on the moving of materials, products and supplies from a manufacturer or distribution center to a warehouse or other storage area; the way inventory is brought into a warehouse or the supply side of supply and demand. The moment a product arrives at a facility, it is important to know where it's headed, how it needs to be handled and how long it may need to stay there. As an example, warehouses or distribution centers utilize inbound logistics to receive inventory which will later be sent to retailers, who rely on the inbound procedure to restock their inventory.