Title The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit, 3/e
Subtitle Over 100 Tools for Transport, Warehousing and Inventory Management
Author Gwynne Richards, Susan Grinsted
ISBN 9781789660869
List price GBP 44.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 424
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
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The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit is a highly practical book. It includes a set of useful logistics tools that force practitioners to reconsider their current practice in a systematic manner. If you are open to new ideas and want to go forward with your business, then I recommend diving into The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit!

Jeroen van den Berg, Director at Storelink


The Logistics & Supply Chain Toolkit book is a good and comprehensive collection of different tools covering more or less all currently discussed aspects of transport, warehousing and inventory management. Some further optimisation activities can be based on these tools - we have tested some of them in real business environment - with surprising results. All in all a real practical guideline to improve your business!”

Rolf Neise, Visiting Professor at ISM International School of Management, Hamburg


“A book that summarizes and explains many of the key techniques that make logistics the profession that it is. Certainly one that will not gather dust on a bookshelf, but will gather insight and understanding in the workplace.”

Professor Neil H Ashworth, Chief Executive Officer, Collect+, United Kingdom


“A great resource that not only provides the tools but also gives you a plan. Sufficiently succinct to give comprehensive coverage of the subject, but in enough depth to work as a standalone reference. I thoroughly recommend it.”

Nigel Price, Managing Director, CRP, United Kingdom


“An invaluable source of practical information on all aspects of the supply chain, which will be useful to both practitioners and those studying the subject at any academic level. The toolkit provides an excellent resource to help in this task. Enhanced by many illustrations and tables, with inputs from a range of companies and practitioners and references to useful websites and literature, this book is a must-buy for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating industry.”

Dr Sharon Cullinane, Gothenburg Business School, Sweden


The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit, second edition, is a well-researched, substantial reference book. Packed full of clear examples and with a very structured approach, this is an excellent practical guide into the understanding of logistics tools and how to apply them in the real world. It’s a must-read for anyone who is involved in logistics and supply chain management.”

Carole Verry, Consultant, France


“A hands-on guide to help you develop your in-house supply chain strategy and your very own step-by-step plan on how to get there. Take this rare opportunity to explore a large variety of tools and examples in one single book!”

Corina Roman, MBA, PMP, Prince2, Project Manager, Healthcare Industry, Australia


The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit by Gwynne Richards and Susan Grinsted is an instructional book based in reality, free from assumptions and pretense but full of real world applications.”

Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point



The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit provides practical tools for warehouse, inventory and transport managers and students to help them tackle the challenges of logistics and supply chain management. It is full of practical ideas and information to optimise the management of logistics and supply chain processes.

The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit offers solutions and plans spanning across a variety of sub-disciplines such as warehousing, logistics, supply chain management, inventory and outsourcing. Each toolkit addresses key principles within its area of discipline, providing the reader with a precision approach to be used in complex and sensitive circumstances. The toolkit presents a number of major management tools such as Fortna’s Product Flow Smart Design, SMART, DMAIC and Gantt charts. General management, performance management and problem-solving tools have also been included to provide a broader, transferable scope of tools for the reader.

Key features at a glance:

  • Presents models such as the 8D approach and Decision Matrix Analysis (DMA) as well as examples of how they are used in practice
  • Provides over 100 tools that cover every function of warehousing, transport and inventory management
  • New to this edition: resource planning and productivity spreadsheets, CSR in supply chain audits and supply chain strategy decision charts



List of tools



Chapter 1. Warehouse management tools and guides Warehouse audit • 5S or 5C, also known as Gemba Kanri • Pareto analysis, 80/20 rule, ABC analysis or the vital few analysis • Choosing an order-picking strategy • Choosing pick technology • Cross-docking • Slotting or item profiling • Resource planning • Task interleaving • Selecting warehouse storage equipment • Warehouse location numbering • Selecting warehouse material handling equipment (MHE) • Warehouse space calculations • Warehouse location • Justifying a warehouse management system (WMS) • Selecting a warehouse management system (WMS) • How to implement a WMS • Warehouse maturity scan, by Jeroen van den Berg • Warehouse risk assessments • How to ‘green’ your warehouse and save energy • Hazardous packaging and labelling • Calculating aisle width for a forklift truck

Chapter 2. Transport management tools Transport audit checklists • Calculating emissions in freight transport • Fuel adjustment factor formula • How to improve fuel efficiency • Incoterms® 2010 • Load and pallet configuration • ISO containers, weight volume ratios and pallets • Calculating road freight transport charges and rates • Transport management system (TMS) selection process • Transport problems — matching customer demand with supplier capacity • Vendor assurance of transport logistics service providers • Drivers’ hours regulations, EU and United States • Transportation of hazardous products • Calculating customs duties • How to become an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO)

Chapter 3. Inventory management tools Inventory management audit • ABC Pareto analysis for inventory management • Ballou’s inventory-throughput curve • Consignment stock • Cycle counting or perpetual inventory counting • Maister’s rule or the square root rule • Measuring demand variation • Periodic review inventory management system • Reorder point inventory management system • Replenishment order quantities • Economic order quantity (EOQ), by Geoff Relph • Combining Pareto with EOQ to enhance group analysis, by Geoff Relph • K-curve (exchange curve inventory planning), by Geoff Relph • Safety stock calculation • Stock counting • Stock turn • Vendor-managed inventory (and co-managed inventory) • Identification and disposal of surplus stock • Managing spare parts inventory

Chapter 4. Supply chain management tools Supply chain management audit • Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR®) • Demand forecasting • Factory gate pricing (FGP) • Kanban • Kraljic matrix • Maturity models • Postponement • Product Flow Path Design, by Fortna • SCOR® • Supplier relationships • Supply chain risk assessment • Supply chain risk mitigation and contingency planning • Sustainable sourcing • Theory of constraints • Time-based process mapping • Time compression • Calculating ordering cost • How to calculate stockholding cost • Sales and operations planning (S&OP) • Omni-channel fulfilment • Strategic procurement • Supply chain strategy, by Julian Amey • 3D printing or additive manufacturing ROI • Supply chain analytics

Chapter 5. Outsourcing tools Outsourcing • To 4PL® or not to 4PL® • A risk-based approach to logistics outsourcing • Supply chain and logistics outsourcing • Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) • Outsourcing client questionnaire • Logistics services provider (LSP) criteria and decision table

Chapter 6. General management tools Critical path analysis • Decision matrix analysis (DMA) • DMAIC: a process improvement tool • Flow charts • Gantt charts • Mind maps • The PDCA tool • Radar chart • SWOT analysis • Team selection — building a successful team, by Belbin

Chapter 7. Performance management tools SMART • Performance measurement and quality improvement • Performance measures for freight transport • Warehouse KPIs • Balanced Scorecard • Benchmarking

Chapter 8. Financial management tools and ratios Activity-based costing (ABC) and time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) • Value tree financial model, by Enrico Camerinelli • Calculating return on investment and payback period • An engineered approach to calculate equipment ROI, by Aaron Lininger • Supply chain financial ratios and metrics

Chapter 9. Problem-solving tools Brainstorming • Cause and effect analysis, or fishbone or Ishikawa • The 5 Whys • The 8-D approach

Appendix 1: Useful websites

Appendix 2: Imperial/metric conversions

Appendix 3: Automatic identification (autoID)



About the Authors:

Gwynne Richards has over thirty years’ experience in warehouse management and logistics. As well as running his own successful logistics consultancy, he provides a number of courses on warehouse and transport management for practitioners. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Warwick and the University of Aston. He is the author of Warehouse Management and The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit, published by Kogan Page.

Susan Grinsted is an independent educator, trainer and consultant, who works with a number of educational institutions in Britain, France and Finland, as well as with multinational companies all over the world. Her work focuses on transferring knowledge and skills to enable companies to improve their performance.


Target Audience:

This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in logistics, supply chain and operations.

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