This important new title looks at arrangements with suppliers, the use of returnable packaging and off-site manufacture and assembly. It also includes some aspects of the contractual relationships between the client, the developer, the main contractor and lower tier contractors, all of which have an impact on how the supply chain is managed. In turn the management of the supply chain impacts on the site logistics and hence building time and cost. This book also looks at IT systems used to manage the supply chain and logistics operations, comparing construction (which is way behind) with what happens in other sectors. There is vital information on delivery management systems, warehouse management systems and material planning and forecasting systems.