Excerpt from course description

Distribution in the Circular Economy


Sustainability has become an overreaching concept, setting the agenda for future generations. Within this agenda, it is essential to put words into action. In ‘Distribution in the Circular Economy’ the focus is looking at how distribution as an area has impact to contribute to sustainable development, by incorporating principles of the circular economy. Any company is linked to other organizations, whether it is suppliers, customers, logistics service providers, or other intermediaries. The performance of the individual firm is dependent on the strength and weaknesses of its partners in the supply chains and networks. Such distribution arrangements are developing in a global context, which needs to take sustainable and circular considerations. This course will address operational and strategic issues and challenges linked to the distribution part of the supply chains and networks. In particular by addressing various kinds of business models within the field of distribution.  

Course content

Major topics to be covered include:

  • Introduction to the area of distribution and the circular economy
  • The concept of business models for distribution channels and systems
  • Transport modes and the role of transport in the economy and global trade
  • Third party logistics from shipper and carrier perspectives
  • Measurement, costing and pricing issues in transport and distribution
  • Network and governance theories for the distribution arrangements
  • Waste management and reverse logistics issues
  • Sustainable considerations in distribution and transport


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