Supply Chain Management

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Module Title : Supply Chain Management

  • Type of Module:

PC (Prescribed Core Module)


PS (Prescribed Stream Module)

ES (Elective Stream Module)

E (Elective Module)

  • Level of Module

MSc course




  • Year of Study

2nd semester

  • Semester


  • Number of credits allocated

  • Name of lecturer / lecturers :

Dr. Vasileios Zeimpekis


  • Description :

Supply Chain Management module covers all strategic and operational aspects that deal with the planning and the execution of the supply chain in contemporary enterprises and organizations. The module presents various strategic tools for the management of supply chains (e.g. demand forecasting, procurement, inventory and stock control) as well as for the monitoring of customer service level. The module drills down also to optimization techniques and quantitative methods that tackle complex problems in logistics operations (e.g. warehousing, transportation and packaging). The role of ICT and emerging technologies in supply chain management is also underlined coupled with green initiatives for sustainable logistics. The module covers the following thematic sections: Order management and customer service, Distribution channels, Procurement and purchasing, Storage and packaging, Inventory & stock control, Transport & delivery, Outsourcing (3PL/4PL), E-Logistics & ICT, Green logistics

  • Prerequisites :


  • Module Contents ( Syllabus) :


Lecture Title


Fundamentals of Supply Chains & Customer Service


Distribution channels & Outsourcing


Demand Forecasting methods


Inventory Control


Procurement & Purchasing


Warehousing and packaging


Freight Transportation


Routing & Scheduling


Telematics & telemetry in logistics applications


Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

  • Recommended Reading :

Α) Principal Reference :

  • Ballou R. H. (2004), “Business Logistics Management”, 4th International Edition, © Prentice-Hall International Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

Β ) Additional References:

  • Minis, I., Zeimpekis, V., Dounias, G., Ampazis, N. (Eds.) (2011) Supply Chain Optimization, Design and Management: Advances and Intelligent Methods, IGI Global Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-61520633-9
  • Stock, J.R., Lambert D.M. (2000), “Strategic Logistics Management”, Irwin, UK
  • Rushton, A., Oxley, J., Croucher, P. (2000) “The Handbook of Logistics & Distribution Management”, Second Edition, The Institute of Logistics & Transport
  • Zeimpekis, V., Tarantilis, C.D., Giaglis, G.M., Minis, I. (Eds.) (2007) “Dynamic Fleet Management: Concepts, Systems, Algorithms and Case Studies”, Operations Research/ Computer Science Interfaces Series, Springer, New York, US

  • Teaching Methods :

The teaching methods and tool are as follows:

Books and edited volumes

Case studies

Scientific papers

PowerPoint presentations

Reports and studies

  • Assessment Methods :

Mid-Term exam 20%

Final exam 50%

Team project 10%

Student project 20%

  • Language of Instruction:


  • Module Objective (preferably expressed in terms of learning outcomes and competences):

By completing this module, each student will be able to:

    • Understand the fundamental principles in the management of supply chains with emphasis on planning and execution processes
    • Identify and apply the most suitable tools and techniques for the design and monitoring of the distribution channels
    • Understand the importance of outsourcing and how to select 3rd party logistics providers
    • Understand the basic principles for the procurement and warehousing of raw materials as well as the methodologies for stock control
    • Select the most suitable mean for transporting and delivering of goods
    • Evaluate and make use of emerging technologies for managing information flow in supply chain networks

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