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Material Flow

What does Material Flow mean?

Material flow is a sub-area of logistics that includes the storage, packaging and movement of goods of all kinds. Within a company, the movement of goods is regarded as an internal material flow.

The material flow represents the logistics chain from the supplier to the customer, which can be effectively and sustainably optimised on the basis of regular material flow analyses. These material flow analyses record the processes, storage and transport operations in order to uncover weak points in the material flow. The aim is to design material flows only in such a way that costs are saved, throughput times are shortened and waste is avoided.