5 Best Logistics Books to Keep Within Reach

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.

In Search of 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 logistics books to learn how each function works as below,

You can't say that you are a logistics management professional if you don't understand the customers. Customer service and order fulfillment is the building block of modern logistics management.

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 value proposition, how to measure customer satisfaction, service design and how to develop winning customer service and order fulfillment strategy.

2. Delivering Customer Value through Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
Many people don't know that procurement 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 strategy in a step-by-step manner.

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 the 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. Transportation: A Global Supply Chain Perspective
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 questions.

If you need good reference covering all aspects of logistics management, this logistics management 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?

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

Last review and update: June 17, 2019

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