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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

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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 definitive guide to supply chain philosophy, strategy and the practicalities of logistics and distribution. The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management is a step-by-step guide to setting up and managing supply chains to add maximum value to the organizations they serve. Benefiting from the author team's years of practical field-based experience in some of the most challenging environments across the world
(from developed economies to third-world countries and war zones), this book will enthuse students and be an invaluable desk reference throughout the careers of practitioners.

Packed with worked examples and real-world data, The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management offers complete coverage on all the key aspects of distribution, logistics and supply chain planning and management with clear and straight-forward explanations. This is not a compilation of work drawn from a disparate collection of research papers and miscellaneous projects, but a logical and complete holistic view of how supply chains fit together, including minute details of distribution and logistics.

Globalisation, increased competition and new technologies have all changed the landscape in which supply chains operate. This fully revised 6th edition of The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management provides solutions to the key challenges. With new material on international freight forwarding, environmental best practice, cool chain, intermodal shipping and outsourcing and a new, detailed index of contents this is the ultimate study/reference companion.

New online resources include PowerPoint lecture slides (tables, images and formulae from the text), glossary of terms, weblinks, blog articles, video interviews and infographics.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Concepts of Logistics and Distribution;
    • Chapter - 01: Introduction to Logistics and Distribution;
    • Chapter - 02: Integrated Logistics and the Supply Chain
    • Chapter - 03: Customer Service and Logistics;
    • Chapter - 04: Channels of Distribution;
    • Chapter - 05: Key Issues and Challenges for Logistics;
  • Section - TWO: Planning for Logistics;
    • Chapter - 06: Planning Framework for Logistics;
    • Chapter - 07: Logistics Processes;
    • Chapter - 08: Supply Chain Segmentation;
    • Chapter - 09: Logistics Costs and Trade-Offs;
    • Chapter - 10: Logistics Network Planning;
    • Chapter - 11: Logistics Management and Organisation;
    • Chapter - 12: Omnichannel Fulfilment;
    • Chapter - 13: Manufacturing Logistics;
  • Section - THREE: Procurement, Inventory and Demand Forecasting;
    • Chapter - 14: Procurement and Supply;
    • Chapter - 15: Inventory - The Basic Concepts;
    • Chapter - 16: Inventory and the Supply Chain;
    • Chapter - 17: Inventory Planning and Demand Forecasting;
  • Section - FOUR: Warehousing and Storage;
    • Chapter - 18: Principles of Warehousing;
    • Chapter - 19: Storage and Handling Systems (Palletised);
    • Chapter - 20: Storage and Handling Systems (Non-Palletised);
    • 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


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

I use and recommend this as a core text for several undergraduate and post graduate programmes where logistics features wholly or as a module. Students find it easy to read, yet comprehensive in content. It covers subjects in-depth for the initiated while at the same time being accessible to newcomers to the topic. The inclusion of clear diagrams, tables, photographs and graphs helps to explain concepts and place them in context throughout. This publication delivers everything you'd expect of a handbook. At the same time, it manages to be interesting and not at all 'dry'. An excellent book to have regardless of your role in the profession. I couldn't do my job without this book.
Helen Gallimore, FCILT FHEA; Board Director & Trustee, CILT (UK); Associate Lecturer, University of Derby

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

This is all you need.

For anyone wishing to start their career or top up their knowledge, regardless of how long they have been in the profession, this is the one-stop, excellently written publication. For anyone currently doing studies regardless of degree, including university, under or post graduates, the level of content is invaluable. This publication is my sanity check in an ever-changing world of logistics.

I do recommend this book to anyone who is committed to their continued development at any level. I have been in the industry for over 30 years and have always had a copy of this publication. If you only want one book, this is it.

Ashley Rimmer, Group Compliance Officer, The Bartrum Group; Head of Logistics, Bartrums Road Services


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749476779
  • Edition: 6
  • Published: 3rd January 2017
  • Paperback
  • Format: 240x170
  • 912 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 an independent supply chain consultant and lecturer, has an MSc in Logistics and Distribution Management from Cranfield University and is a Chartered Fellow of CILT (UK).

Dr Peter Baker is an independent consultant and lecturer, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and a Chartered Fellow of CILT (UK).

Alan Rushton

Phil Croucher

Peter Baker

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