Courses covering distribution management may be part of undergraduate business programs in global management or supply chain management. Certain schools also offer courses through graduate certificate and degree programs for those wishing to advance professionally and/or acquire skills in the field of distribution management. Some courses may be offered online. Skills taught in distribution management programs include:
- Designing effective supply chains
- Resolving conflicts
- Performing cost/benefit analyses
- Managing logistics
- Improving customer service through supply chain strategies
List of Common Courses
Supply Chain Management Course
This course examines the major components of a supply chain and explores techniques used by managers to ensure efficient flow of goods and materials to manufacturers, suppliers, businesses and consumers. Students learn to evaluate and create strategies for distribution management. Other topics include supply and demand, inventory management, risk management, forecasting and technology. In some schools, this may be offered as a two-part course.
Logistics in Distribution Course
Students examine the logistics involved in managing a supply chain. This course focuses on the distribution process, from manufacturer to end-user. Topics include transportation trends and intermediaries, finding and evaluating distributors, inventory control, legal concerns in sourcing and vertical integration.
Project Management Course
This course explores efficient organization and management of projects in a workplace. Students discuss how to effectively plan, budget, audit and complete assignments. They explore the role of the project manager and the ways to monitor ongoing project work. Other topics may include resource allocation and risk analysis.
Inventory and Warehouse Management Course
Students gain an understanding of the warehouse environment. This course teaches them the types of warehouses and how to implement the appropriate inventory control. Individuals discuss the placement, storage and redistribution of inventory.