logistics management books
09 Oct

10 Best Logistics Management Books You Should Read

There are so many different facets and books for Supply Chain Management; it can be overwhelming when it comes to actually choosing which reference book(s) to purchase. To help readers I have recommended these 7 Supply Chain Management Books for Beginners. Some readers have asked me if can I recommend Logistics Management books which led me to write this blog.

In addition to the below-recommended guides useful in addition to the mentioned Logistics Management Books, you will find


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In this blog, I will give you my pick of the 7 Best Logistics Management books out there that I believe not only help with the theoretical, ideal scenarios but will equip you to tackle and adapt your knowledge to any real-world situation you may find yourself in.


1.     Lean Supply Chain and Logistics Management (1st Edition): Paul Myerson


Lean Supply Chain and Logistics Management

This is the first of 2 Logistics Management Books by Paul Myerson that I have selected.  This book is an all-in-one must-have for all Supply Chain practitioners/managers and if you know someone who is, I think this will serve well as a perfect gift that will keep on giving!!!

It brings together Supply Chain Management, Lean, and Logistics in a readable manner that not only engages the reader but by using real-world examples to explain the theory of logistics, instantly allows you to draw parallels with your own experiences and what you can do to further your knowledge and, if you are a practice manager, provides an excellent reference for practical application on how to drive down cost by understanding and learning how to identify and eliminate waste within your supply chain.

All the basic and advanced Logistics tools are introduced and there are also a lot of charts and visual aids further helping the reader visualize the concepts being introduced and put into practice.

This book is perfect for anyone involved in Logistics and Supply chain whether they are new to the field or experienced practitioners. It focuses on the logistics side of the Supply Chain – for more in-depth and full coverage of all aspects of the Supply Chain please refer to his book choice 3: Supply Chain and Logistics Management Made Easy: Methods and Applications for Planning, Operation, Integration, Control and Improvement, and Network Design (1st Edition): Paul A. Myerson


2.     Warehouse Management: A Complete Guide to Improving Efficiency and Minimizing Costs in the Modern Warehouse (2nd Edition):  Gwynne Richards


Warehouse Management: A Complete Guide to Improving Efficiency and Minimizing Costs in the Modern WarehouseA critical and integral aspect of any supply chain and Logistics is Warehouse management. How successfully warehouses are managed is the key to driving costs down, increasing profit margins, and making your supply chain efficient and successful.

This book by Gwynne Richards provides all the know-how for Warehouse Management and is the perfect manual- albeit a hefty one!

This book covers everything about warehouse management, from the role of the warehouse to comprehensive insights into all related aspects.

I have made a particular reference to ‘Role of the Warehouse’ because, since studying Business Studies in school, I always found that business is about recognizing and understanding the obvious to make the rest of the complex stages a success. For that, and to put it into words, when you are reading them you are thinking ‘obviously’ you have to step outside the box to see it. The author does that fantastically well, making this book my go-to reference for Warehouse Management hence featuring in my 7 Best Logistics Management Books.


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3.     Supply Chain and Logistics Management Made Easy: Methods and Applications for Planning, Operation, Integration, Control and Improvement, and Network Design (1st Edition): Paul A. Myerson


Supply Chain and Logistics Management Made Easy: Methods and Applications for Planning, Operations, Integration, Control and Improvement, and Network DesignThis is the 2nd book by Paul A. Myerson that I have chosen to feature in my 10 Best Logistics Management Books.

This informative and readable book covers the supply chain comprehensively. I wish Mr. Myers had published it during my SCM studies.

This book achieves what many others can hit or miss on – it makes the complex easy to understand. If you are daunted by hearing the words Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Demand, and Supply Planning or in the first instance feel you know them but don’t then look no further for this book breaks these elements down to easy-to-digest concepts that you will continue to remember and understand and apply long after you have finished reading this book.

It’s a must-have for students and practitioners alike.

4.     Introduction to Logistics Systems Management (2nd Edition): Gianpaolo Ghiani, Gilbert Laporte, Roberto Musmanno


Introduction to Logistics Systems ManagementThis Logistics Management book is the fully revised version of the author’s 2004 prize-winning 1st edition. So my impression and expectations at the outset are high.

This book delves into logistics systems management, emphasizing their operation within organizations, aligning with its methodical title.

Tailored for academics and industry practitioners, this Logistics Management book leans towards an academic focus. However, its well-laid-out case studies, updated models, and techniques make it beneficial for both academics and supply chain practitioners.

The case studies in particular help you develop your understanding of the topics covered.


5.     International Logistics: The Management of International Trade Operations (4th Edition): Pierre A. David


International Logistics: The Management of International Trade Operations 4th EditionIn a nutshell, International logistics entails the movement of materials, goods, and resources across at least one international border, managed systematically. This book is specifically designed for import/export managers, providing a comprehensive reference on international logistics.

Whether you’re a student learning about international trade or a practitioner in the field, this book offers detailed yet concise insights into international logistics. It covers everything you need to know to manage trade operations effectively.

From understanding the complexities of cross-border transportation to navigating customs regulations, this book has you covered. With its focus on practical applications and real-world scenarios, it’s an essential resource for anyone involved in international trade.

Get ready to dive into the world of international logistics and gain the knowledge you need to succeed in managing global trade operations

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6.     The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management: Understanding the Supply Chain (5th Edition): Alan Rushton, Phil Croucher, Peter Baker


The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management: Understanding the Supply ChainAnother Logistics Management book, covering all aspects of Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Distribution Management, and Logistics Planning, is highly readable.

This book is your go-to resource for all things related to supply chain management, logistics, distribution management, and logistics planning.

Written by experts Alan Rushton, Phil Croucher, and Peter Baker, this handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the field in an easy-to-read format.

Whether you’re a student studying logistics or a professional in the industry, you’ll find valuable insights and practical guidance within its pages. From understanding the basics of supply chain management to mastering logistics planning, this book covers it all.

With up-to-date information on the latest tools and practices in the supply chain, you’ll be equipped to tackle the challenges of today’s logistics landscape.

Get ready to deepen your understanding of logistics and distribution management with this highly readable handbook. It’s an essential resource for anyone looking to excel in the field of supply chain management.


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7.     Business Logistics: Supply Chain Management (5th Edition) L Ronald H. Ballou


Business Logistics: Supply Chain Management 5th Edition Designed specifically for the student market, this book is accompanied by software.

This book is tailored for students like you, offering a comprehensive guide to the world of logistics and supply chain management.

Written by L. Ronald H. Ballou, this fifth edition comes with accompanying software designed to support your learning journey. The software complements the text by providing hands-on practice and reinforcing key concepts.

With its clear presentation and user-friendly software, this book offers an excellent combination of theory and practice. Whether you’re studying in the classroom or on your own, you’ll find this resource invaluable for mastering logistics management.

Highly recommended for students seeking to deepen their understanding of supply chain management, ‘Business Logistics’ is your gateway to success in the field.


8.    Supply Chain Logistics Management 5th Edition


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In the fifth edition of Supply Chain Logistics Management by Donald Bowersox, David Closs, and M. Bixby Cooper, you’ll explore how logistics fits into a company’s overall supply chain strategy and operations. The book breaks down supply chain management into easy-to-understand parts.

First, it explains the basics of supply chain management. Then, it dives into the five main parts of logistics operations. Next, it talks about the challenges and strategies of making logistics work smoothly in a global supply chain.

The book also covers administrative challenges, like how different parts of a company work together, measuring how well things are going, managing risks, and being sustainable.

Throughout the book, you’ll find examples and real-life stories that show how companies handle problems and use logistics to stay ahead. It also talks about how technology helps in this process.

With study questions and real-world examples, this book helps you understand and succeed in the world of logistics and supply chain management.


9.    Operations and Supply Chain Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know (Self-Learning Management Series)


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Next up is the Operations and Supply Chain Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know’! Have you ever wondered what ‘Supply Chain’ or ‘Operations’ really mean? Or why they’re so important? This book is here to answer those questions and more.

After reading this book, you’ll be able to understand the basics of Operations and Supply Chain Management, and why they’re crucial. You’ll learn about the different parts of this field and how they work together and with the broader business. Plus, you’ll gain insight into the responsibilities and decisions managers in each area face.

Ever thought about how disruptions in the Supply Chain affect businesses and our lives? This book explores that too.

Using a fictional company and its product as an example, we’ll walk you through how the various parts of the Supply Chain come together to bring a product to market. You’ll see how this company adapts to new demands and challenges to stay afloat.

By the end, you’ll appreciate how logistics, warehouse management, and other activities make everyday products available to us. And you’ll understand why it’s so important for companies to pay attention to these processes.

Whether you’re new to the field or just looking for a quick overview, this book is for you. It’s written in simple language and uses easy-to-understand examples to make Operations and Supply Chain Management accessible to everyone.


10.    A Practical Guide to Logistics: An Introduction to Transport, Warehousing, Trade and Distribution 1st Edition


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Last but not least is the A Practical Guide to Logistics: An Introduction to Transport, Warehousing, Trade, and Distribution! Whether you’re new to logistics management or looking to expand your understanding, this book is here to help.

Many people enter the field of logistics management without knowing all its ins and outs. Some might have experience driving vehicles but know little about warehouses, while others may find themselves in charge of logistics as part of a broader role, like operations. This book aims to bridge those knowledge gaps, offering simple, non-technical explanations and unbiased advice to help readers make informed decisions for their businesses.

Designed as a primer for students embarking on logistics studies or professionals undergoing training, ‘A Practical Guide to Logistics’ covers everything from packaging to transportation, warehousing, and the import/export of goods. With clear explanations and numerous illustrations, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the logistics industry.

Whether you’re just starting or seeking to fill gaps in your knowledge, this straightforward guide is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in logistics. Get ready to dive into the world of logistics and gain a solid understanding of its various aspects


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the 7 R’s of logistics management?

The 7 R’s of logistics management are:

  1. Right Product
  2. Right Quantity
  3. Right Condition
  4. Right Place
  5. Right Time
  6. Right Customer
  7. Right Cost

What are the 5 P’s of logistics?

The 5 P’s of logistics are:


What are the basics of logistics management?

The basics of logistics management include effective planning, efficient execution, and control of the movement and storage of goods, services, and information throughout the supply chain. It encompasses key elements such as transportation, inventory management, warehousing, and coordination with suppliers and customers to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery.

What is 2PL in logistics?

In logistics, 2PL stands for “Second Party Logistics.” It refers to a logistics service provider that primarily offers transportation services. Unlike third-party logistics (3PL) providers that offer a broader range of logistics services, a 2PL provider typically focuses on transportation, such as shipping and delivery, within the supply chain.

About the Author- Dr Muddassir Ahmed

Dr MuddassirAhmed is the Founder & CEO of SCMDOJO. He is a global speakervlogger and supply chain industry expert with 17 years of experience in the Manufacturing Industry in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia in various Supply Chain leadership roles.  Dr. Muddassir has received a PhD in Management Science from Lancaster University Management School. Muddassir is a Six Sigma black belt and founded the leading supply chain platform SCMDOJO to enable supply chain professionals and teams to thrive by providing best-in-class knowledge content, tools and access to experts.

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