Over the past few years there has been confusion and disagreement among general business
practitioners and operations professionals concerning the terms "logistics" and "supply
chain management". Various formal definitions have been offered for both terms. In
addition, the common usage of each term in industry varies. Business terms are often
defined over time, by the common use or application of the term. Examines the historical
definitions of both terms, looks at current practitioner views of the terms, and
proposes a hierarchy for the relationship between logistics and supply chain management.