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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MANM034 Module Title: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MA123
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: TACCONELLI W Mr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern
Module Overview

This module will focus on the supply chain management initiatives of large-scale retail businesses.  Successful supply chain management for retailers is critical both at an operational level and increasingly at a strategic level.  An effective logistics infrastructure is essential to meeting customer expectations whilst minimising service costs.  The retail buying function is central to the managing of supplier relationships, category and brand management issues, product innovation and meeting demands of specific customer groups.  Supply chain management development has been retailer driven, largely attributable to their size and dominance within the supply chain.

Retail Marketing
Module Aims

This module will enable students to evaluate the role and nature of logistic and buying strategies in meeting the objectives of retail organisations and to become familiar with the specific management application utilised in meeting product and service criteria set by the retail mix.  This module is designed to explore the technical and commercial environment that dictates the supply chain management approach adopted by specific retailers.

Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes are categorised as:
  • Knowledge and understanding (K/U)
  • Intellectual/cognitive skills (I/C)
  • Practical/professional skills (P)
  • Transferable skills (T)
Outcome Type e.g. K/U, I/C, P, T
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the breadth and complexity of the logistics and buying functions within supply chain management
Apply appropriate techniques to assess management issues and problems by analysing relevant information in order to develop future buying and logistic strategies
Examine inventory systems, inventory costs, forecasting techniques and buying function policies of leading retailers in respect of efficient consumer response (ECR) and channel relationships
Select and justify appropriate approaches to the effective management of supply chain management
Show an awareness of the wider social implications of supply chain management
Organise and communicate their ideas
Assessment Criteria
In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes described above:
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of supply chain concepts
  • Apply relevant supply chain management theory to specified contexts
  • Be able to synthesise material from various sources to support a structured argument.
Module Content
·         Conceptual framework of logistics: the supply chain/cost structures
·         Organisation and control of buying process: planning and managing merchandise assortments, range development
·         Inventory management: replenishment systems, stock control, rate of stock turn, shrinkage
·         Warehouse management and transport planning
·         Category management and own brand management issues
·         Supply chain relationships
·         Information technology in logistics and buying
·         Global sourcing and retail logistics in an international context
·         Corporate social responsibility: implications for supply chain management
·         Sustainable supply chain management
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The teaching and learning strategy is consistent with students taking responsibility for their own learning and progress.
The teaching and learning methods include reading and private study, the use of case studies and role based seminar exercises, a visit to a distribution facility, as well as formal lectures and seminars. Distance-learning students will receive guided presentations, participate in internet discussion groups, and gather information from selected companies and destinations to substitute for the facility visit.
Assessment Strategy, Methods and Weighting
The assessment strategy is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate a command of the prevailing complexity present in management decisions relating to supply chain issues.
The assessment methods include an individual assignment and an examination. The assignment will provide formative feedback. The exam is based around a supply chain scenario issued in advance.
Assessment Summary
Week Set
Week Hand in
Individual Assignment
Selected Texts/Journals

Expected purchase
Fernie, J & Sparks, L (2004), Logistics and Retail Management: Insights into current practice and trends from leading experts, London: Kogan Page
Bowersox D J, Closs D J & Cooper M B (2007)   Supply Chain Logistics Management , 2 ed (International Edition), McGraw Hill, Boston
Varley, R. (2006) Retail Product Management: Buying and Merchandising, Abingdon: Routledge
Christopher, M (2005), Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Creating Value-adding Networks, 3 edition, Financial Times:Prentice Hall
Clodfelter, R. (2003), Retail Buying: From Basics to Fashion, Fairchild Publishers
Times: Prentice Hall
Cash, R. P, Wingate, J. W & Friedlander, J. S (1995), Management of Retail Buying, New York: Wiley
Fernie, J (1990), Retail Distribution Management: A Guide to Developments & Trends, London: Kogan Page
Gattorna J L & Walters D W, (1996) Managing the Supply Chain: A Strategic Perspective London: Macmillan Press
This list will be supplemented by the provision of detailed bibliographies.
Other Indicative Reading
Recommended journals, periodicals, trade press and consultancy reports will be indicated.
The relevant journals to be consulted include:
            International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management
            International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research
            Journal of Consumer Research
            Journal of Business Logistics
            International Journal of Logistics Management

Last Updated
15th August 2006