The overall aim of the journal is to provide an international forum to explore the interface between transport and logistics. As more organizations take an integrated approach to logistics management, this interface has become highly complex, and many new and important issues have arisen. Within manufacturing and related organisations, these issues will often reflect the need to span functional boundaries, in order to fulfill customer orders in the most effective way. For example, transport requirements need to be woven into new patterns of buyer-supplier relationship. Similarly, the outsourcing of logistics services has important strategic implications for transport organizations and their customers. Issues of this kind are central to the scope of the journal. Yet it is also essential for the journal to cross the boundary between the private and public sectors. Logistics decisions made by companies can create or destroy transport demand, and with it the need for governments to provide infrastructure. Other areas of public policy also fall within the scope of the journal; environmental pollution, for example, results from transport activity generated by logistics-based decisions. Relevant issues can be explored through a choice of formats, ranging from theoretical analysis to individual case studies. Contributors are also invited to address a variety of subject areas within the field. The editor welcomes papers on information technology, economics, marketing, organisational behaviour, simulation and, indeed, any approach which adds to our knowledge and understanding of transport and logistics.