Logistics is the management of the flow of resources between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet certain requirements. The resources managed in logistics can include physical items, such as food, materials, equipment, liquids, and staff; as well as abstract items, such as time, information, particles, and energy. The logistics of physical items usually involve the integration of information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security. The complexity of logistics can be modelled, analysed, visualised, and optimised by Industrial Engineering techniques.
Industrial engineering (IE) is about choices - it is the engineering discipline that offers the most wide-ranging array of opportunities in terms of employment, and it is distinguished by its flexibility. While other engineering disciplines tend to apply skills to very specific areas, Industrial Engineers may be found working everywhere: from traditional manufacturing companies to airlines, from distribution companies to financial institutions, from major medical establishments to consulting companies, from high-tech corporations to companies in the food industry.