This is an introductory course in logistics management, intended to explore those activities involved in physically moving inventory (raw materials, work-in-process, finished goods) from point of origin to point of use or consumption. Effective logistics management can improve a firm’s marketing effort by establishing consistent and dependable customer service levels and reducing costs. This course therefore teaches the student better management of logistics activities so as to offer significant potential for improving corporate profitability and return on assets.
The role of logistics in the economy and the organization. Customer service management. Logistics information systems. Inventory concepts and the basics of inventory management. Managing materials flow in production and operations. Transportation and traffic management. Warehousing, materials handling, computerization, and packaging issues. Introduction to global logistics. Organizing for effective logistics and controlling logistics performance. Fundamentals of supply chain management. Developing and implementing logistics strategy.