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LOG: Logistics Operations Guide for humanitarian logisticians

August 3rd, 2010 | By: Martin Arrand

Here is something very useful for humanitarian logisticians: the Logistics Operations Guide, or LOG for short, brought to you by the Logistics Cluster. But not only is it useful for those in the humanitarian sector, it is an excellent model for the clear communication of logistics know-how: succint, practical and well-referenced. Click here to go to the LOG online.

In the words of the website, the LOG is

a single source of best practices comprising of logistics templates, operational tools, references, and guidelines that should be of use to all humanitarian logisticians, regardless of the size of their organisation, or its area of specialisation.  Specifically, the LOG targets all humanitarian logisticians deployed in ongoing operations and new emergencies.

The LOG is presented as a website, but importantly it can also be made accessible offline, either by downloading a Windows executable file, or by using Google Gears. (I tried the latter out on my Mac because it wouldn’t run the Windows file, and it worked perfectly.)

This means that staff deployed on operations can take a laptop with a full copy of the LOG website (and if they get to connect to the net they can pick up any updates). This is very neat, and the WFP IT people who put it together did a great job in selecting a Gears-enable CMS that supports this.

You can read more about the LOG at www.logcluster.org/tools/log or go directly to the LOG site log.logcluster.org. If you want to set it up on your laptop using Gears I recommend you read the technical guide pdf as the main site steers you towards the Windows exe file. If you get stuck drop me a note and I’ll clarify.


Comment from scm
Time 7 June 2011 at 4:05 am

My job is to manage logistics operations for construction business. I find that what you recommended (LOG) is very useful. It’s applicable to my business field when I have to move people and materials to rural area. Assessment planning gives me new perspective about what I should pay attention.

Comment from Global Logistics
Time 18 September 2011 at 12:12 pm

Yes LOG is truly useful for the people who respond in Logistics job like me. thank for your valuable post!

Comment from Logistics Guy
Time 20 September 2011 at 3:56 am

LOG contains lots of forms and checksheets which are ready to use.

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