A logistics management information system (LMIS) is a system of records and reports – whether paper-based or electronic – used to aggregate, analyze, validate and display data (from all levels of the logistics system) that can be used to make logistics decisions and manage the supply chain.
LMIS data elements include stock on hand, losses and adjustments, consumption, demand, issues, shipment status, and information about the cost of commodities managed in the system.
LMIS in the supply chain
Links the different levels in the system through information
Provides information each needs to perform their supply chain role
Poor recordkeeping: incomplete or not updated stock and consumption records
Poor reporting: late, incomplete and poor quality reports
Data not moving up or down the system:
facilities not submitting to districts, districts not sending reports to central, not providing feedback to districts and facilities
Data not used for decision making
LMIS structures exist, but are not fully functional
Movement to integrate across program areas
Various options that could be adapted
eLMIS: data warehouses that drawn multiple sources of data
OpenLMIS: a resource sharing, normative partnership