Course description

Distribution and Logistics Service Providers


Any company is linked to other organisations, 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 chain. Such distribution arrangements are developing in a global context which needs to take the environment into consideration. This development has had a significant impact on shippers and logistics service providers as well as on other participants in the distribution network. In this course strategic issues and challenges linked to the outbound part of logistics, i.e. distribution will be addressed.

Course content

Major topics to be covered include:

  • The role of transport in the economy and global trade
  • Transport modes
  • Third party logistics from shipper and carrier perspectives
  • Costing and pricing Information Management and Technology
  • Distribution arrangements
  • Environmental considerations in distribution and transport

Learning outcome knowledge

  • To understand the complexity that distribution in its new context represent and the implications for distribution strategies.
  • To understand and appreciate the vast tactical and strategic decisions logisticians have to consider when trying to navigate in logistics network consisting of a myriad of actors all trying to win the customers lust and all trying to deliver leading edge services that are sustainable in the long run.
  • To gain knowledge about analytical methods and tools, and their practical usage when analysing and solving comprehensive real life problems facing managers

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 40%
  • Written assignment: 60%