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ITLS2000: Managing Food and Beverage Supply Chains

The food and beverage sector is one of the key economic activities in virtually all countries in the world today. When it comes to logistics and supply chain management within this sector, there is a level of complexity, not frequently found in other industries. This includes the need to consider products bulkiness, perishability and seasonality, coupled with potential additional infrastructure requirements in respect of temperature-controlled storage and transport. As a consequence, there is a higher imperative to have a well-designed end-to-end supply chain. Equally, it is important to understand issues from the perspectives of the various actors in food and beverage supply chains including farms, processing units, wholesalers / distributors, and retailers. Overarching the structuring of any food and beverage supply chain will be consideration of issues such as perishability, quality and risk. Further, for a supply chain to be effective and efficient consideration also needs to be given to the support functions of information management, use of technology, and financial reporting. In today's world, companies compete on supply chains. Those who have the ability to establish a distinctive supply chain and create it as a strategic asset will, therefore, emerge as industry leaders.

Code ITLS2000
Academic unit Transport and Logistics Studies
Credit points 6
AGEN2003 or AGEN1005

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. evaluate supply chain management concepts at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels and explore their impact, individually and collectively, on business performance
  • LO2. analyse the strategic, tactical, and operational challenges faced by business in the design and long-term planning of complex supply chains within a range of industry sectors
  • LO3. apply a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques for effective logistics and supply chain performance analysis and decision making
  • LO4. articulate ideas and opinions on logistics and supply chain management principles and practices specific to a chosen industry sector in a clear and concise manner
  • LO5. synthesise a variety of ideas and opinions on a real world business problem into an optimal supply chain solution
  • LO6. identify and evaluate emerging corporate and social responsibility initiatives and their impact on supply chain strategies.