The aim of this module is to enable students to critically evaluate the roles warehouses, transportation centres and the different modes of transport have on the logistic and supply chain systems. It will also provide the student with an understanding of warehouse management activities, such as picking strategies and warehouse layout, packaging, etc and of distribution decisions, such as transport modes and single-, multi- or omni-channel planning. Students will be able to appreciate the use of appropriate methods that are used in practice and their impact in generating the company competitive advantage.
Indicative topics are as follows:
- Warehousing/Storage (the warehouse location, layout problem, storage equipment, picking strategies, packaging, labelling, etc)
- Inventory management (how much you need to stock to minimise your cost and retain your competitive advantage)
- Distribution & Global Transportation
* Global transportation and techniques adopted in practice (air, sea, railroads, trucks, motorbikes/bicycles, pipelines, others)
* Transport/road technology including software and hardware (trucking devices, software used, etc)
* Transport modelling and its impact on the environment and safety.
Total contact hours: 42
Private study hours: 108
Total study hours: 150
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
In-Course Test (20%)
Written report on case study (15%)
Individual report (2000 words) (60%)
Bartholdi, J.J. (2011) Warehouse and Distribution Science (version 0.95), free download, Georgis Institute of Technology, USA, http://www2.isye.gatech.edu/~jjb/wh/book/editions/history.html
Crocker, B., Jessop, D., Morrison, A. (2012) Inbound Logistics Management: Storage and Supply Chain of materials for the modern supply chain (7th edition), London: Pearson..
Richards, G. (2015) Warehouse Management, (2nd edition) London: Kogan Page
Rushton, A., Croucher, P., and Baker, P. (Eds) (2014) The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management (5th edition), CILT (UK), London: Kogan Page
Wild, R. (latest ed), Production and Operations Management, London: Cassell
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes:
- critically evaluate the roles warehouses, transportation centres and the different modes of transport have on the logistic and supply chain systems;
- demonstrate an in depth understanding of the suitable quantitative approaches used in warehousing and global transportation;
- evaluate the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches in practice and their impact in generating a competitive advantage.
The intended generic learning outcomes:
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate analytical skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions
- communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- effectively employ computer software such as Excel solver and VBA for modelling purposes.
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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