5 Best Logistics Books for Beginners

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

Why is Logistics a Good Career?
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 the 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 logistics books to keep within reach.

- Logistics 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 logistics books as much as possible.

- 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 logistics books or textbooks that are 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 a good reference covering integrated logistics management in action, this book is the one for you. Each chapter illustrates the basic concepts through case studies of the world's leading companies. Case study method is a good way to bridge the gap between theory and practice for a beginner very well.

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.

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Last review and update: September 10, 2018

About the Editor

Ben Benjabutr is the editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in various functions in supply chain magement. In his free time, he enjoys reading business and management books. You can learn more about him here or connect with him via TwitterQuora and Google+ or drop him a line via e-mail.