5 Best Logistics Books for Beginners

Are you a beginner and you want to learn about each logistics function? We will show you 5 books that will help you learn faster than any other logistics books.

Do you need logistics books?

In the United States, the median wages for a Logistics Manager is around $90,000 annually. So, the career in logistics management can be very lucrative if you have a career plan and keep on developing yourself. However, most logistics/supply chain managers will have to spend some years in various functions to gain cross-functional knowledge.

Finding the Best Logistics Books

In order to help you develop your skills, we would like to introduce you to the best books to keep within reach. 

The books listed here share the same characteristics, it provides basic information that is practical enough to read and understand. We try to shy away from the math-heavy book as much as possible. Moreover, we think you need 5 books to learn how each function works.

Here are the best logistics books for beginners:


1. On Time, In Full
You can't say that you are a logistics management professional if you don't understand the customers. Order fulfillment is the building block of modern logistics management and "On Time, In Full" is the most common performance measurement for customer-facing function.

To the best of our knowledge, this book is the only book dedicated to this subject area. This book will equip you with basic customer service level and areas that you need to work with such as forecasting, inventory control and production planning to order to develop winning customer service and order fulfillment strategy.

2. The Supply Chain Revolution: Innovative Sourcing and Logistics for a Fiercely Competitive World

Many people don't know that procurement or sourcing is a part of integrated logistics. In logistics management literature, procurement is also called "Inbound Logistics" or management of incoming materials. This book will show you have to plan and execute procurement and sourcing strategy like the world's leading companies.

3. World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling

Warehouse management and inventory control is the center point of integrated logistics management that tries to balance supply and demand.

In our opinion, this is the best book on warehouse management ever. Unlike book or textbook that is filled with complicated algorithms, this book is more user-friendly and down to earth. This book clearly explains the concepts and techniques used by modern warehouse operations.

4. The Definitive Guide to Transportation: Principles, Strategies, and Decisions for the Effective Flow of Goods and Services

Transportation is sometimes referred to as "Outbound Logistics". When it comes to transportation, people often think about trucking or land transportation. However, there is so much more about modern transportation.

This book covers 3 aspects of transportation, namely, transportation policy, modes of transportation and transportation planning and execution. The book is filled with key concepts, case study, summary and end-of-chapter summary.


If you need good reference covering all aspects of logistics management, this book is the one for you. Each chapter provides you with the basic concepts, audit process, tools, checksheets and formulas that can be used in day-to-day business logistics operations.

Are there any other logistics books you love and why?



Reference
- Flöthmann, C., & Hoberg, K. (2017). Career patterns of supply chain executives: an optimal matching analysis. Journal of Business Logistics, 38(1), 35-54.

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Last review and update: September 16, 2019
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