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ITLS6201: Global Distribution Strategy

This unit provides students with an understanding of global distribution strategy and the management of international freight, including express, freight forwarding, rail, trucking, air freight and ocean shipping. The unit covers underlying supply chain drivers of international trade flows and the demand for capacity in different distribution channels and freight transportation modes, as well as industry structure, institutional environment, customs and global market participation strategies. Building on this background, the unit equips students with strategic tools for profitable international logistics operations. The unit focuses on corporate strategies around fleet and network planning, entrepreneurship, business model and value chain analysis, revenue and cost management, as well as competitive strategy and negotiation in the B2B and B2C contexts. The material covered in the unit considers recent developments in global and regional economic activity, technological and environmental advancements and discusses implications for the various sectors and stakeholders in global distribution chains. This unit involves case studies, industry presentations and analysis from the perspectives of shippers, airlines, wholesalers, retailers, end customers, regulatory bodies and investors.

Code ITLS6201
Academic unit Transport and Logistics Studies
Credit points 6
ITLS5020 or ITLS5000 or ITLS5250 or TPTM5001 or MIBS6004
ITLS6101 or TPTM6440

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

  • LO1. Analyse the complexities of the global distribution and international freight business (aviation, shipping, and intermodal) and explain the factors that impact most on the workings of the industry
  • LO2. Apply theoretical concepts of strategic management to the core issues faced by global supply and distribution chains (challenges but also opportunities for growth and innovation)
  • LO3. Critically analyse links between strategic, tactical, and operational perspectives in problem-solving and decision making in internationally operating logistics and transport businesses
  • LO4. Identify key elemental differences in international freight business models and distribution channels using appropriate analytical tools. Successfully employ datasets to make informed choices related to these different transportation providers
  • LO5. Demonstrate acquired communication and vital team working skills through class presentations and a global supply chain design group exercise