Title A Practical Guide to Logistics
Subtitle An Introduction to Transport, Warehousing, Trade and Distribution
Author Jerry Rudd
ISBN 9780749486310
List price GBP 29.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 384
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
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Few people come into logistics management with knowledge and experience of all aspects of the profession. Some may have worked their way up from driving a vehicle but know little of warehouses, others may find themselves taking responsibility for logistics as part of a wider remit such as operations. A Practical Guide to Logistics aims to equip them with the necessary knowledge to move on to the next stage, with simple non-technical explanations of the options available, and impartial advice on how to choose the right option for their business. It is also an excellent primer for students studying logistics for the first time, on BSc or MSc courses, as well as practitioners on professional training courses.

A Practical Guide to Logistics is a straightforward guide taking readers through all aspects of this fascinating industry, covering packaging, transportation, warehousing and exporting and importing of goods. There is a real need for this basic knowledge, both for practitioners starting out in the industry or more experienced practitioners who may have gaps in their knowledge. The book examines each aspect of logistics in turn and the text is supported by numerous illustrations.


Key Features:

  • Presents a step-by-step guide to all aspects of logistics, from the warehouse to delivery, giving newcomers to the industry a complete overview of all the logistics processes
  • Provides practical, accessible, up-to-date information on the field of logistics, covering today’s best practices
  • Features illustrations, reference charts and tables which provide useful visual explanations for both students and professionals
  • Online resources: Lecture slides and bonus Figures





Chapter 1: Introduction • So, what is `logistics’?

Chapter 2: First steps — strategic decisions: Should we operate our own logistics or contract out? • Dedicated or shared user? • Charging mechanisms: Open or closed book? • The 4PL option • Conclusion

Chapter 3: Storage: The physical infrastructure • How many storage warehouses do I need? • Storage options: Block storage, racking and shelving • Racking: Some words of warning • Standard wide aisle racking • Narrow and very narrow aisle racking • Drive-in, push-back, pallet flow and double-deep racking • Semi-automated racking • Specialized racking and accessories • Other considerations for racking installations • Smaller items: Shelving • Mezzanine floors • How big does my warehouse need to be? • Temporary warehousing • Conclusion

Chapter 4: Warehouse handling equipment • Vehicle loading and unloading • Floor loading or loading dock? • What sort of forklifts do I need? • Conclusion

Chapter 5: Warehouse operations • Does the process start with receiving? • Slot times and pre-advice • Yard management • Receiving and checking • Put-away • Stocktaking and perpetual inventory • Picking • Picking methodologies • Picking receptacles • Dispatch • Conclusion

Chapter 6: Warehouse management systems • Interfaces • Basic functionality • Advanced functionality • Automated data collection • Choosing a system that will work well in practice • Cost • Conclusion

Chapter 7: Packaging and customer requirements • Packaging: General Principles • EU packaging waste regulations • Primary packaging • Corrugated board • Voidfill • Other expandable packaging • Pallets • Securing cartons to pallets • Pallet inverters • Durable packaging • Pallet and box hire pools • Labelling • Customer requirements • Conclusion

Chapter 8: Road vehicles • Two-wheeled transport • Panel vans • Pick-ups • Larger vehicles • Body types • Loading and unloading aids • Conclusion

Chapter 9: Abnormal Indivisible loads • AILs under Construction and Use Regulations • Special Types General Order

Chapter 10: Vehicle operations: Costs and their reduction • Overall costs • Residual value and depreciation • Finance • Road tax • Driver’s pay • Establishment, overheads and profit allowance • Fuel purchase • Fuel Economy • Tyres • Maintenance • Driving standards and accident prevention • Other costs • Conclusion

Chapter 11: Legal requirements and compliance • Driver licensing • Operator’s or ‘O’ licensing • Driver’s hours • Tachographs • Compliance monitoring • Laws in non-UK countries • Further reading • Conclusion

Chapter 12: Vehicle routing and networks • Planning delivery bookings • Full load and single drop operations • Part loads • Return loads or backhaul • Night operations and double-shifting • Multi-drop deliveries • Network distribution • Multi-drop vehicle routing • Conclusion

Chapter 13: Railfreight and other inland transport • Railfreight • Access to railfreight services • Inland waterways • Fixed installations • Conclusion

Chapter 14: Seafreight and airfreight • Roll-on/roll-off • Container shipping • General Cargo • Inducement • Ship chartering • Airfreight • How airfreight works • Access to scheduled airfreight services • Charter aircraft • Access to air charter services • On-board couriers • Drones • Sea-air services • Conclusion

Chapter 15: Trading terms and Insurance • Incoterms® – who pays for which parts of the freight cost? • Payment of letters of credit • The CMR convention • Other terms and conditions • Insurance • Conclusion

Chapter 16: Customs formalities and Imports • Systems: CHIEF, CDS and CPC codes • Customs Notices • Economic Operator Registration Identifier • HS codes: What is the rate of duty on this item? • Import clearance: How it works • Methods of duty payment • Community transit, common transit and TIR • Customs warehouses: How to delay payment until goods are used • Inward and outward processing relief • Exemption from duty • Conclusion

Chapter 17: Export documentation • Chambers of commerce • Commercial invoices • Certificates of origin • Other forms certifying origin • Pre-shipment inspection • Prohibited goods • Specific product regulations • Conclusion

Chapter 18: Miscellaneous supply chain issues • Inventory planning • Setting an inventory target • Demand planning and order scheduling • Inventory reduction • Advanced inventory reduction strategies • Reverse logistics • Cost to serve different customers • Summary • Conclusion



Appendix 1: Providers of products and services

Appendix 2: Brexit


About the Author:

Jerry Rudd is a Logistics and Supply Chain professional with over 25 years’ experience. He has worked with companies such as Ford, Peugeot, the Bank of England and Wincanton.

Target Audience:

This book is an excellent primer for students studying logistics for the first time, on BSc or MSc courses, as well as practitioners on professional training courses as well as it enables people involved in logistics management for how to choose the right option for their business.

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