What Is Inbound Logistics?
Understand how Inbound Logistics fits into the supply chain
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.
Inbound Logistics FAQs
What is inbound vs outbound logistics?
Inbound and outbound logistics can be thought of as opposites. And as defined above, inbound logistics is focused on moving things into a supply chain – more specifically, the moving of materials, products and supplies from a manufacturer or distribution center to a warehouse or other storage facility. Outbound logistics are focused on moving things out of the supply chain or storing and moving products to the customer or final location.
What are some inbound logistics examples?
Inbound logistics examples include raw materials coming into a plant for further processing, products being returned by customers, and goods coming into a warehouse. All of those activities fall under inbound logistics.
What activities are considered inbound logistics?
Some of the most common inbound logistics processes include sourcing and managing materials, receiving and storing inventory in a warehouse, and reverse logistics.