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Yes, the Indian logistics is running a major marathon, unlike ever before, after having received a confounding push, looking into ten years ahead. So, why not gear up for it? This is where Supply Chain Management (SCM) steps in.
Raman Kaul, GM – Corporate Planning at Jayem Logistics Pvt Ltd shares, “The majority of traditional logisticians/logistics industry veterans, today, had acquired business from their forefathers.
“But, the next-gen population is into the startup phase of things. Now, there’s formal logistics education on the individual’s platter. He can look forward to an exciting internship at a logistics firm.
“Only until late 90s and early 2000s, there was a prominent calling for SCM. As Ford and later Toyota organized the skillful lot, great evolution took shape with SCM education in 2007.”
From his personal book favourites lined up ahead, Raman expresses, “One must be able to grasp the best practices around the world in Supply Chain Management books, instead of simply banking on an expensive course. Inclusion of case studies and relevant exercise modules in these books determine the right standard for learning.
“However, books have certain limitations that only a course can overcome in ascertaining a perfect career path in logistics, when one needs to possess the secure credentials for its practice in the industry.”
To match up to your level of knowledge and experience, here’s a complete guide to master the wizardry in logistics.
1. Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation, 6th Edition- by Sunil Chopra, Northwestern University and Peter Meindl, Boston Consulting Group
Highlights: Borne from a course on supply chain management taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, “Supply Chain Management” introduces high-level strategy and concepts while giving students the practical tools necessary to solve supply chain problems.
The Sixth Edition weaves in compelling case study examples, providing students with clear insight into how good supply chain management offers a competitive advantage. On the flip side, students also learn the dangers of poor supply chain management, and how it can damage an organization’s overall health and performance.
2. Logistics Management – by V.V Sople
Highlights: The increasing importance of business logistics makes it necessary for students of business management to understand logistics, its basic framework and its practical utility. Keeping this in mind, the book has been designed for students studying logistics and supply chain management in BBA, DBM, PGDMA, MMS AND MBA across various business schools and universities in India.
3. Lean Logistics – by Michel Boudin
Highlights: This book helps you determine whether you have the right supply to meet your customers’ demands, as well as the ability to organize and deliver that supply. In this cutting edge work, Baudin addresses the physical infrastructure of lean logistics and the flow of information that composes its nervous system. He demonstrates the methods that will allow you to avoid shortages while maintaining low inventories, while showing you how to take advantage of the increased capacity and flexibility generated through lean manufacturing.
4. Principles of Supply Chain Management by Joel Wisner
Highlights: Now, you can introduce purchasing, operations, and logistics with a strong supply chain management focus found in the latest edition of Wisner/Tan/Leong’s Principles Of Supply Chain Management: A Balanced Approach. This unique new third edition presents extensive content you won’t find covered in other books. The authors’ expansive approach helps you guide students through the management stages of each supply chain activity while addressing real-world concerns related to the global supply chain. With this edition, you can follow the natural flow through the supply chain with one of the most balanced supply chain management approaches available. Well-organized chapters demonstrate the practical applications of supply chain management in today’s workplace while intriguing profiles throughout the text build on topics to reinforce learning.
5. Theory of constraints by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Highlights: Theory of Constraints walks you through the crucial stages of a continuous program: the five steps of focusing; the process of change; how to prove effect-cause-effect; and how to invent simple solutions to complex problems. Equally important, the author reveals the devastating impact that an organization’s psychology can have on the process of improvements. Theory of Constraints is a crucial document for understanding what it takes to achieve manufacturing breakthroughs.