Elements of Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a TYBMS Sem 5 subject at St. Xavier’s College. The subject aims to introduce BMS students to the branch of logistics that deals with the tangible components of a supply chain. The subject introduces BMS students to the distribution setup and analytical aspects of inventory management and transportation.


Unit 1: 15 lectures

Background –

  1. Logistics and Logistical management – Military origin / basic concept / definitions / scope / importance in current competitive environment
  2. Evolution of logistics and supply chain management
  3. Topics to be covered at concept level-
  4. Operating objectives of logistics
  5. Logistical performance cycles
  6. Inbound logistics
  7. Manufacturing support logistics
  8. Outbound logistics
  9. Customer order cycle
  10. Lead time
  11. Logistical interfaces
  12. Logistical mission
  13. Competitive advantages
  14. 3 Cs
  15. Logistical competency
  16. Outsourcing logistical activities
  17. 3rd and 4th party logistics
  18. Integrated logistics
  19. Logistical planning and strategy


Supply Chain Management:

  1. Basic concept
  2. Definitions
  3. Scope
  4. Comparison between logistics and SCM
  5. Global supply chain scenario and importance
  6. Conventional supply chains
  7. Supply chain participants
  8. Channel agencies
  9. Relationship Management,
  10. Concept of extended enterprises
  11. Bull-whip effect.


Organization structure:

  1. Basic concept
  2. Definitions
  3. Scope
  4. Objectives and importance
  5. Barriers in forming effective organization
  6. Improving effectiveness
  7. Stages in evolution of logistical organization with emphasis on modern flat organization


Customer Service:

  1. Definition
  2. Scope
  3. Objectives
  4. Importance
  5. Elements of customer service
  6. Seven rights
  7. Customer service audit
  8. Customer service strategy.


Demand Forecasting:

  1. Definition,
  2. Purpose of forecasting
  3. Nature of demands
  4. Forecasting
  5. Components
  6. Approaches to forecasting
  7. Qualitative and quantitative
  8. Forecasting techniques and their applicability
  9. Time series analysis with numerical examples.


Order Processing:

  1. Integrated system
  2. Customer order cycle
  3. Electronic data interchange and its advantages.




Unit 2 – 15 lectures


  1. Definition
  2. Principles
  3. Role
  4. Functions
  5. Importance
  6. Different modes of transportation – road, rail, water, air, pipelines ropeways
  7. Advantages and disadvantages of individual modes
  8. Inter-modal transportation
  9. Factors to be considered for mode and carrier selection
  10. Modal characteristics and classification
  11. Total transportation cost
  12. Factors influencing transport cost
  13. Transport infrastructure



  1. Definition
  2. Principles
  3. Role
  4. Functions
  5. Importance
  6. Warehouses
  7. Distribution centres
  8. Warehousing
  9. Need for warehousing
  10. Economic or service benefits
  11. Types of warehouses
  12. Advantages and disadvantages
  13. Warehousing location
  14. Area of warehouse
  15. Number of warehouses
  16. Warehousing operations
  17. Factors affecting warehouse cost
  18. Warehouse layout
  19. Design principles


Materials Handling system:

  1. Definition,
  2. Principles
  3. Role
  4. Functions
  5. Importance
  6. Activities covered
  7. Functions performed during materials handling
  8. Material handling equipment with selection criteria
  9. Material handling methods
  10. M.H. System design – objectives and principles.



  1. Definition
  2. Principles
  3. Role
  4. Functions
  5. Importance
  6. Unitizing – concept of unit load
  7. Palletizing
  8. Kitting
  9. Logistical functions of packaging
  10. Objectives and benefits of packaging
  11. Consumer S Logistical packaging
  12. Factors influencing good package design


Unit 3: 15 lectures

Inventory management

  1. Inventory – Definition,
  2. Principles,
  3. Role,
  4. Functions,
  5. Importance,
  6. Purpose of Inventory Holding,
  7. Types of inventories,
  8. Inventory and profitability,
  9. Impact of inventory on total logistical cost,
  10. Inventory management – objectives,
  11. Importance,
  12. Symptoms of poor inventory management,
  13. Improving effectiveness of inventory management,
  14. Inventory turnover,
  15. Service levels.
  16. Economic order quantity,
  17. Economic batch quantity,
  18. Assumptions and its limitations,
  19. Re-order level,
  20. Safety stock with numerical examples.
  21. Inventory control: inventory ranking methods and Quadrant technique.
  22. Selective techniques of inventory control:
  23. Inventory control methods
  24. Pull / push models
  25. Traditional methods
  26. ‘Q’ MODEL and ‘P’ MODEL,
  27. Two bin system,
  28. Fair-share allocation model,
  29. MRP I /MRP II
  30. Modern methods – Kanban as a tool of JIT,
  31. Vendor management inventory (JIT II, Response backed techniques – QR, CR and AR)
  32. DRP, ERP
  33. Inventory Valuation


Information System:

  1. Definition,
  2. Principles,
  3. Role,
  4. Functions,
  5. Importance,
  6. Management Information System:
  7. Elements of LIS
  8. Advantages of computerization of information
  9. Importance of information system
  10. Internal and external information system
  11. Functionality – IS operations
  12. Automated Order Processing System
  13. RFID,
  14. EDI
  15. Satellite tracking system.


Unit 4:

15 lectures

Performance Measurement:

  1. Definition
  2. Principles
  3. Role
  4. Functions
  5. Importance
  6. Objectives
  7. Activity based performance measurement
  8. Process based performance measurement
  9. Internal performance measurement
  10. External performance measurement
  11. Classification of performance measures
  12. Performance auditing
  13. Perfect order
  14. Service levels
  15. Characteristics of ideal performance evaluation system.


Logistics Costing:

  1. Principles of logistics costing
  2. Activity based costing
  3. Mission based costing
  4. Total cost analysis
  5. Steps to be adopted for total cost approach


Logistical network analysis:

  1. Concepts
  2. Definitions
  3. Scope
  4. Objectives
  5. Importance Network options
  6. Number of facilities
  7. Milk-runs
  8. RORO
  9. LASH


Modern Logistics Infrastructure:

  1. Containerization
  2. Mechanized material handling equipment
  3. Deep water ports
  4. ICDs and CFS network
  5. Maritime logistics
  6. Cold Chain logistics
  7. Dedicated Freight Corridors
  8. Golden Quadrilateral and network of highways
  9. Specialized equipment
  10. Double stack containers
  11. Unit trains
  12. Logistics parks
  13. Container Corporation of India
  14. Private Logistics Companies


Continuous Internal Assessment;

  1. Mid semester test
  2. Project work – presentation


The list of reference books of Elements of Logistics Management is as follows:

  1. Supply Chain Logistics Management – Donald J. Bowersox, David J Closs, M Bixby Cooper
  2. Logistical management – Donald J. Bowersox, David J. Closs
  3. The management of Business Logistics Cycle – Douglas M. Lambert, James R. Stock and Lisa M. Ellram Irwin
  4. Logistics David J. Bloomberg – Stephen Lemay, Joe B.
  5. Logistics and S C – M. Martin Christopher
  6. Supply Chain Management – Chopra Meindl, Kalra
  7. Supply Chain Management – Herald Dyckhoff, Richard Lacks and Joachtn Reese
  8. Logistics and Supply Chain Management – Text and cases – Anurag Saxena, Caaushik Sircar.

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