During this course the student will acquire basic knowledge about logistics activities, processes, trends and methods for management and decision making in the field of logistics. Student will be able to understand importance of logistics for efficient functioning of the entire supply chain with special emphasis on production companies, freight forwarders and logistics providers. He/she will gain knowledge on criteria and methods for: selection of the most optimal transport mode, planning and setting the most optimal transport route, setting optimal location of logistics facilities, define the most optimal quantity of ordered goods per shipment, inventory management, logistics controlling and principles of logistics strategy definition.



The course will cover the following topics:

  • Definitions: transport, logistics, supply chain management
  • Logistics specifics, organization of logistics function and logistics processes
  • Purchasing, manufacturing (also lean manufacturing), distribution (also Just in time), after sales ( spare parts), reverse logistics etc.
  • Logistics strategies (pull/push), outsourcing strategies 3PL and 4PL etc.
  • Transport fundamentals and transport decision making (also planning and optimal routing)
  • Warehousing and inventory management (inventory policy decisions, types of inventories, inventory objectives, order quantities, reorder point methods etc.)
  • Storage and handling systems, storage and handling decisions
  • Optimal warehouse location strategy, optimal warehouse capacity assessment
  • Logistics controlling, analytical methods, level of service
  • Optimization of logistics processes and supply chain with statistical (mathematical) methods and on practical examples (beer game).



  • Ballow, Ronald H, Business Logistics Management: Planning, Organizing and Controlling the Supply Chain, Prentice-Hall International, London 1999
  • Martin Christopher, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Pearson Education Limited, Third Edition, 2005