Logistics Management (L5M10)

Module purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to understand the concepts of logistics management that link to the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chain and explain plans, designs, processes and systems for the improved control or improvement of supply chain logistics.

Module aim(s)
In order to ensure success an organisation must create and adopt processes that ensure the consistent delivery of products and/or services that meet customer demand, both in terms of quantity and quality. This is the responsibility of those who manage the supply chain logistics function. This module is designed to enable those involved in procurement and supply to assess techniques that are aimed at improving supply chain logistics to the overall benefit of the organisation.

Next steps
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    Learning outcomes

    1.0  Understand the concept of logistics management

    1.1  Analyse the role and activities of logistics management

    • Defining logistics
    • The elements of logistics management: integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material handling, packaging and security
    • The different areas of logistics: procurement, production, distribution, after sales and disposals
    • Logistics and supply chain management

    1.2  Analyse the concept of integrated logistics

    • The total logistics concept
    • The total costs concept of logistics
    • Pipeline inventory and logistics
    • Multimodal transportation

    1.3  Evaluate aspects of competitive advantage that can be achieved through logistics management

    • Sources of competitive advantage through logistics
    • Matching logistics to business strategy
    • Levels of customer service
    • Measuring customer service
    • Service lifecycle management
    • The financial impact of logistics

    1.4  Critically appraise the use of technology in logistics management

    • Coding and bar coding in logistics
    • Order tracking technologies
    • Auto Identification Data Capture (AIDC) technology in logistics
    • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in logistics
    • E-fulfilment in logistics
    • Warehouse management systems (WMS)
    • Integrating systems in the logistics supply chain

    2.0  Understand capacity planning and control in logistics management

    2.1  Analyse techniques that can be applied to planning and control in logistics management

    • The difference between planning and control
    • Achieving balance between planning and control
    • Responding to demand
    • Loading, sequencing and scheduling

    2.2  Explain techniques that can be applied to capacity management

    • Defining capacity
    • Capacity constraints
    • Planning and controlling capacity
    • Forecasting demand fluctuations
    • Measuring capacity
    • Capacity planning through level capacity plans, chase demand plans or demand management

    2.3  Analyse the use of Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) Systems technology for planning and control in Logistics management

    • MRP and MRP II
    • ERP
    • Master production scheduling
    • Bills of materials
    • Inventory data
    • MRP calculations
    • The limitations of MRP systems

    2.4  Analyse the use of reverse logistics as a process

    • The challenge of customer returns and returns management
    • Customer returns policies
    • Redistribution of returns to the supply chain

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