Course Outline


Introduction to Logistics
  • Explains the activities performed and the decisions taken to facilitate the flow of goods and services.
  • Describes the various components of logistics management.
  • Explains the primary strategies followed by every organization in the competitive environment.
  • Explains the primary determinants for an effective operation of logistic interface and describes the competitive priorities and manufacturing strategies followed in any organization.
  • Understand the manufacturing/logistics issues at the interface to improve customer service.
  • Explains the concepts of production scheduling and its benefits.
  • Explains the relation between logistics and marketing.
Material Management
  • Explains the process and importance of Materials Management.
  • Describes the primary and secondary objectives of Materials Management.
  • Describes the primary functions of Materials Management such as Materials Requirement Planning (MRP), purchasing, planning and controlling the inventory, ascertaining and managing the flow and supply of material and ensuring Quality Control.
  • Describes the secondary functions of Materials Management such as simplification and standardization, monitoring the design and development of the product, taking appropriate make and buy decision, ensure proper coding and classification of material and proper forecasting and planning of demand of the product.
Distribution Channel Management
  • Explains the basic distribution channels and the standard functions performed by manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers as well another channels members existing in the channel arrangement.
  • Explains the importance of channel distribution in the channel arrangement.
  • Explains Independent and Dependent channels in a given channel arrangement.
  • Explains the different type of channel members that is Reseller and Specialty Service Providers.
  • Understand the activities performed by marketing channels such as Disseminating Marketing Communications and Promote Brands, Sorting and Regrouping Products, Storing and Managing Inventory, Product distribution, Assume Ownership Risk and Extend Credit and Share Marketing and Other Information.
  • Explains the role and functions performed by an intermediary in a distribution channel.
  • Describes the advantages and disadvantages of using an intermediary in a distribution channel.
  • Explains the different types of intermediary existing in a distribution system.
  • Distinguish between Direct and Indirect Marketing Channels.
  • Explains the functioning of Multiple Channels of distribution and describes the structure of Channel Levels.
  • Explains the channel flow in a Distribution Channel Arrangement.
  • Explains the factors to be considered when designing a distribution strategy such as Marketing decision issues and Channel Relationship issues.
  • Understand the levels of Distribution Coverage such as Mass Coverage, selective Coverage and Exclusive Coverage.
  • Understand the management of the Marketing Channels
  • Explains the process of electing the Channel Members by considering the nature and importance of Marketing Channels, developing channel objective and strategy and determining the channel structure.
  • Describes the steps involved in implementing channel strategy and evaluating the channel performances by taking into account financial evaluation, working relationship, legal and ethical issues and level of market exposure.
  • Explains the Forward and Reverse channels of distribution.
  • Understand the concept of Physical distribution and explains the components of physical distribution management system.
Warehouse Management and Control
  • Explains the common warehouse storage system, important elements of warehousing and describes an effective layout of the warehouse storage system.
  • Describes the working of the Warehouse Management System (WMS) and its objectives.
  • Explains benefits of warehousing and describes the primary principles involved in operating a warehouse.
  • Understand the warehousing strategies and explains the planning of the distribution of warehouses.
  • Explains the proper layout of a warehouse in terms of pilferage protection and product deterioration.
  • Describes the different type of material handling system in warehousing.
  • Describes the different types of material handling equipments such as conveyor, crane, elevators and hoists, industrial trucks, auxiliary equipments and other miscellaneous handling equipments.
  • Explains procedure and importance of transportation.
  • Describes the different modes of transportation such as land transport, water transport and air transport.
  • Describes freight containers as defined by International Organization for Standardization (ISO), advantages of a container, classification of containers and the standard container dimensions and capacity.
Supply chain Management
  • Describes the Porter Value Chain and the primary activities involved in competing in any industry as defined by Porter.
  • Explains the working of SCM and describes the integrated Supply Chain Management System in terms of Customer relationship management, Demand management, Customer service Management and Customer order fulfillment.
  • Understand Manufacturing flow management in terms of product procurement and development and commercialization.
  • Explains the International supply chain and logistics and describes the international commercial terms.
  • Describes the criticalities pertaining to logistics in rural areas and the carious storage options available.
Distribution and Networking in SCM
  • Explain the Factors Influencing Distribution Network Design such as the customer needs and the cost of meeting customer needs.
  • Explains the design for a distribution network being classified on the basis of Manufacturer storage with direct shipping, Manufacturer storage with direct shipping and in-transit merge, Distributor storage with package carrier delivery, Distributor storage with last mile delivery, Manufacturer / distributor storage with costumer pickup and Retail storage with customer pickup.
Cost Analysis and Measurement in SCM
  • Describes the effect of distribution network on the cost in terms of Inventories, Transportation, Facilities and handling and Information.
  • Understand the importance and need of cost analyses.
  • Describes the process of analyzing supply chain cost with the help of Activity Based Costing (ABC) method and explains the classification of these costs.
  • Describes the techniques for measurement of supply performance with the help of Benchmarking and Balance Score Card.
  • Explains the SCOR-Model and the steps involved in improving the supply chain performance.
  • Describes the techniques for evaluating the performance in supply chain management using Inventory turnover ratio and Weeks-of-Supply.
  • Describes the design strategies in supply chain management using Bullwhip effect.
  • Explains the reasons and benefits of Outsourcing.
  • Understand the design for logistics using Mass customization and the principle involved in organizing an effective mass customization program.
  • Explains the Price-Break Model and the procedure of calculating the Price-Break.
Mathematical Modeling in Logistics
  • Understand the Mathematical modeling in logistics using Transportation, Assignment and Transshipment problem.
  • Explains the Network models using PERT (Project Evaluation Review technique)/CPM (Critical Path Method), Shortest Path problems, Maximum Flow Problem and Minimum Spanning Tree Problem.
Role of Information Technology in SCM
  • Explains the role of IT in integrated SCM.
  • Explains the IT applications in SCM.
  • Explains the emergence of Electronic Commerce (e-commerce) and the major challenges faced in is implementation
  • Explains the process of Electronic data interchange or EDI to facilitate computer to computer interchange of business documents and/or information between trading partners.
  • Explains the advantages of EDI in terms of cost reduction.
  • Describes the process of Coding and Scanning and the general benefits of Bar Code technology in the supply chain environment.
  • Explains the concept of Data Warehousing and its advantages.
  • Explains the concept of Intranet/Extranet in an organization.
  • Explains the concept of Decision Support System to provide computerized support to complex non-routine and partially structured decisions.
  • Understand the concept of Manufacturing Process System (MPS) and its objectives.
  • Describe the evolution and development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System and Distribution Requirement Planning (DRP).
  • Explains the process of Supply Chain Planning (SCP).

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