LOGISTIC AND SUPPLY CHAIN ASPECTS IN RETAIL MANAGEMENT

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to enable students to understand basic concepts of logistics as important for business management.

  • To introduce the Scope and Significance of logistics and supply chain aspects in retail
  • To enlighten on Retail Strategies, Opportunities and Competitive advantage in logistics.
  • Conceptualize supply chain designs, which are aligned with business models for retail business.
  • Configure logistics networks and assess their performance impacts on efficiency and retail services

UNIT I

An Introduction to Supply Chain Management- Supply chain management-meaning, definition, need and evolution-traditional and modern approaches to SCM-key issues in SCM-phases of SCM-SCM and its relation to other departments in the organization.

UNIT II

Retail Logistics, Objectives , Types , Evolution of Logistics, Role of Logistics in an Economy, Difference between Logistics and Supply Chain Management- The Retail Channel-Planning of supply chain operations-Sourcing materials, making products, product delivery and return.

UNIT III

Elements of logistics management-supply chain integration- innovations in SCM-retail logistics-distribution management and strategies-transportation management warehousing and warehouse management systems-packaging for logistics- third party logistics GPS and GIS technologies--The impact of technology on supply chain-How to measure performance in supply chain

UNIT IV

Global issues in SCM: Forces behind globalization-world class SCM-world class demand management (WCDM)-world class logistics management (WCLM).Relationships and Challenges in supply chain.

UNIT V

Development of e-tail logistics- growth of e-commerce- logistical challenges-environmental impact of online retail logistics-RFID- the initial hype and reality- Greening of retail logistics- environmental effects of retail logistics- Framework for analyzing the impact of retail deliveries- managing the waste within the retail supply chain.

Learning Resources

  • Rahul V Alterkar-Supply Chain Management-Concepts and Cases, Prentice Hall of India, 2005.
  • David Simchi Levi, Philip Kaminsky and Edith Simchi Levi-Managing the Supply Chain-The Definitive Gudie, Tata McGraw Hill, 2004.
  • Burt, Dobler and Starling-World Class Supply Management-The Key to SCM. Tata- McGraw Hill, Seventh Edition, 2006.
  • Christopher Ryan, High Performance Interactive Marketing, Viva Books Ltd. 2003
  • John Fernie& Leigh Sparks Logistics &Retail Management Emerging issues and new challenges in the retail supply chain, 3rd Edition, Kogan Page.

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