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BOOKREVIEW more news at www.heavyliftpfi.com


Natural disasters: The challenge of preparing and responding


A range of recent disasters has demonstrated the critical role of effective logistics in disaster preparation and response in both developing and developed countries. Ian Matheson reviews a new book on the subject, which ought to be required reading for companies active in this sector.


response, but how can those working in this field deliver in environments that are often dangerous and unstable? ‘Humanitarian Logistics: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing For and Responding To Disasters’ provides thought- provoking guidance and discussion of the core issues facing practitioners involved in managing the logistics of disaster relief.


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Third edition Published in early May, this is the third edition of a book first published in 2011 and includes new chapters on providing support for complex emergencies, waste management and reverse logistics, the application of value stream analysis and the potential of new technologies such as 3D printing, cash transfer programmes and drones. Peter Tatham and Martin


Christopher have assembled a broad collection of thoughts, ideas, concepts and approaches contributed by both leading practitioners in the field, and academics. Together, they provide an overview of


ogistics plays a critical role in disaster preparation and


experienced field practitioners. Humanitarian Logistics examines the key challenges facing those whose role it is to organise and distribute resources in the most difficult of situations. It examines key issues including warehousing, procurement, and funding.


With particular focus on


pre-disaster preparation, rather than post-disaster assistance, Humanitarian Logistics provides current thinking as well as best practice for those who need to understand the many challenges and ways to


some of the core challenges facing today’s humanitarian logistician, while offering potential solutions for effective response in this crucial area. Each chapter has been updated to reflect the latest developments, improvements and emerging challenges that have been encountered in this important and rapidly growing field. Humanitarian Logistics also continues to increase the level of input from the practitioner community and broadens the geographic coverage by introducing new perspectives from various parts of the world and a number of


About the editors


Peter Tatham is a leading international researcher in the field of humanitarian logistics and is the deputy head of department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith Business School, Queensland, Australia.


Martin Christopher has been at the forefront of the development of new thinking in logistics and supply chain management for over 30 years. He is emeritus professor of marketing and logistics at Cranfield University.


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respond effectively. Martijn Blansjaar, head of logistics and supply for Oxfam GB, provided advanced praise for the book, stating: “It is not just a gripping must-read for anyone interested in current solutions and challenges, but thanks to the perseverance of the editors, it is becoming a chronicle of developing humanitarian supply chain management practice and theory in our decade.”


Course staple Nezih Altay, co-editor, Journal of Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and associate professor at DePaul University, said: “Humanitarian Logistics by Tatham and Christopher has been a staple in my Managing Humanitarian Supply Chains course. Its coverage is current, relevant and in-depth. Arguably the best book on humanitarian logistics in the market.”


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