Distribution Logistics

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Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of this course, the students will

  • be able to define the essential operational planning problems of distribution logistics,
  • be trained to formulate the planning problems through decision models of mathematical programming and specify the model assumptions and limitations associated with these, and 
  • be qualified to explain and to apply exact and heuristic solution procedures for planning long-haul and short-haul freight transportation, pallet and vehicle loading, and order picking.


Chapter 1: Fundamentals of logistics systems planning
1.1 Logistics and logistics systems
1.2 Tasks of logistics systems planning
1.3 Prerequisites of Operations Research

Chapter 2: Planning long-haul transportation
2.1 Distribution strategies and networks
2.2 Minimum-cost flow and transhipment problems
2.3 Multi-commodity flow problems
2.4 Flow problems with side constraints
2.5 Timetabling in hub-and-spoke networks

Chapter 3: Planning short-haul transportation
3.1 Types of routing problems
3.2 Arc routing problems
3.3 Traveling salesman problems
3.4 Vehicle routing problems

Chapter 4: Warehouse operation and freight handling
4.1 Pallet and load building
4.2 Warehouse operation
4.3 Order picking


  • Ahuja RK, Magnanti TL, Orlin JB (2013) Network Flows. Pearson Education, Harlow
  • Domschke W (2007) Logistik: Transport. Oldenbourg, München
  • Domschke W, Scholl A (2010) Logistik: Rundreisen und Touren. Oldenbourg, München
  • Ghiani G, Laporte G, Musmanno R (2004) Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control. John Wiley, Chichester
  • Grünert T, Irnich S (2005) Optimierung im Transport, Band II: Wege und Touren. Shaker, Aachen
  • Günther H-O, Tempelmeier H (2012) Produktion und Logistik. Springer, Berlin
  • Pfohl H-C (2018) Logistiksysteme: Betriebswirtschaftliche Grundlagen. Springer, Berlin

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