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The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management

The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management

Understanding the Supply Chain

Alan Rushton, Phil Croucher, Peter Baker


Explore all stages of the supply chain, from raw materials through to the final distribution of the finished product, with this definitive guide.

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About the book

The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management explains clearly the functions and elements related to logistics, supply chain and distribution management. Covering all the major aspects of modern logistics, it is an indispensable guide for both students as well as newly appointed distribution, logistics and supply chain managers seeking to improve service and lower costs while reducing environmental impact. Case studies bring the theory to life and help explain fully how to set up and operate a supply chain.

This fully revised 6th edition of The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management includes the latest advances in logistics and covers new topics being studied on academic and professionals courses. There are whole new sections on critical topics including costs and trade-offs, demand forecasting, inventory planning, international freight forwarding and outsourcing logistics.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 21: Order picking and packing;
    • Chapter - 22: Receiving and despatch;
    • Chapter - 23: Warehouse design;
    • Chapter - 24: Warehouse management and information;
  • Section - FIVE: Freight transport;
    • Chapter - 25: International logistics: modal choice;
    • Chapter - 26: Maritime transport;
    • Chapter - 27: Air transport;
    • Chapter - 28: Rail and intermodal transport;
    • Chapter - 29: Road freight transport: vehicle selection;
    • Chapter - 30: Road freight transport: vehicle costing;
    • Chapter - 31: Road freight transport: planning and resourcing;
    • Chapter - 32: Road freight transport: vehicle routeing & scheduling;
    • Chapter - 33: International freight forwarding;
  • Section - SIX: Outsourcing logistics;
    • Chapter - 34: Outsourcing: operations & services;
    • Chapter - 35: Outsourcing: decision criteria;
    • Chapter - 36: Outsourcing: the selection process;
    • Chapter - 37: Outsourcing management;
  • Section - SEVEN: Operational management;
    • Chapter - 38: Cost and performance monitoring;
    • Chapter - 39: Benchmarking;
    • Chapter - 40: Information and communication technology in the supply chain;
    • Chapter - 41: Security and safety;
    • Chapter - 42: Logistics and the environment;
    • Chapter - 43: Humanitarian logistics
    • Chapter - 20: Storage and handling systems (non-palletised);
    • Chapter - 19: Storage and handling systems (palletised);
    • Chapter - 18: Principles of warehousing;
  • Section - FOUR: Warehousing and storage;
    • Chapter - 17: Inventory planning and demand forecasting;
    • Chapter - 16: Inventory and the supply chain;
    • Chapter - 15: Inventory: the basic concepts;
    • Chapter - 14: Procurement and supply;
  • Section - THREE: Procurement, inventory & demand forecasting;
    • Chapter - 13: Manufacturing logistics;
    • Chapter - 12: Omnichannel fulfilment;
    • Chapter - 11: Logistics management and organisation;
    • Chapter - 10: Logistics network planning;
    • Chapter - 09: Logistics costs and trade-offs;
    • Chapter - 08: Supply chain segmentation;
    • Chapter - 07: Logistics processes;
    • Chapter - 06: Planning framework for logistics;
  • Section - TWO: Planning for logistics;
    • Chapter - 05: Key issues and challenges for logistics;
    • Chapter - 04: Channels of distribution;
    • Chapter - 03: Customer service and logistics;
    • Chapter - 02: Integrated logistics and the supply chain
    • Chapter - 01: Introduction to logistics and distribution;
  • Section - ONE: Concepts of logistics and distribution;


I would recommend this as one of the most readable books available for logistics and supply chain students and professionals around the world.
Dorothea Carvalho, Director of Professional Development, CILT

A whopping 720 pages filled with a wealth of information on all aspects of the supply chain, from raw materials through to final distribution of the finished product.
Martijn Graat, Logisticsmatter.com

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749476779
  • Edition: 6
  • Published: 3rd January 2017
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 240x170
  • 704 pages

About the Author

Alan Rushton is a Director of Dialog Consultants, and was formerly the Director of Graduate Programmes at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the CILT (UK).

Phil Croucher is Vice President-Supply Chain for Dalma Energy LLC, has an MSc in Logistics and Distribution Management from Cranfield University and is a Chartered Fellow of the CILT (UK).

Dr Peter Baker is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University and a Chartered Fellow of the CILT (UK).

Alan Rushton

Phil Croucher

Peter Baker