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Lean Logistics: Decision Making in Supply Chain Management

Evaluate factors that impact decision-making in distribution networks and develop your knowledge of lean logistics.

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    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
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Eliminate wasteful activities from your supply chain using lean logistics

On this two-week course, you’ll understand the concept of lean logistics, together with its tools, principles, and the seven wastes.

You’ll understand the impact of lean and discover the practical approaches to conducting lean logistics in your supply chain.

Improve your decision-making procedures in distribution networks

You’ll begin the course by learning how to identify decision-making procedures in your distribution networks. You’ll then identify where you can use lean logistics to help you make more considered and effective decisions.

You’ll also examine the facility location concept in network design, as well as the factors that can affect it to gain a deeper understanding of what to consider for your facility location.

Discover the just-in-time approach

You’ll learn about the just-in-time approach and explore different techniques and concepts in lean logistics can help to further eliminate waste from your supply chain.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand a variety of different ways you can apply lean logistics to benefit your supply chain processes.


  • Week 1

    Lean logistics

    • Welcome to Short Course 4

      Welcome to a new week in this International Logistics module.

    • An introduction to 'lean'

      In this activity, we will introduce you to the concept of 'lean'.

    • Practical application of lean

      In this activity, we will look at how lean philosophy can be applied to logistics processes.

    • A summary of the week

      A chance for you to review and reflect on your learning this week.

  • Week 2

    Facility location and distribution networks

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome back to a new week of International Logistics.

    • Facility location

      In this activity, we will consider the factors and methods for determining facility locations in a logistics network.

    • Distribution networks

      In this activity, we explore the transport, facility, and network design elements for distribution networks.

    • A summary of the week and short course

      A review of the week and your chance to reflect on your learning over this short course.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the lean logistics definition as well as its tools and principles
  • Identify third-party logistics
  • Discover the facility location concept, special factors and the decision-making procedure

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for practitioners looking to develop their understanding of international logistics and its concepts.

This course from Coventry University is part of the International Logistics ExpertTrack, exploring the importance of international logistics from a strategic perspective.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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About this ExpertTrack

Explore the importance of international logistics and develop your understanding of logistics management at a strategic level.

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