Transportation and Distribution

Degree programs: MSc Logistics & SCM, MSc Tri-Continental

The objectives of this module are twofold: first, to familiarize students with concepts of transportation planning, management, and deployment. Second, to provide students with insights into distribution networks and their management. We will achieve these objectives with a combination of approaches: case studies, theoretical concepts from business and economics, and guest lectures by experienced industrial managers.


Industry Overview

• Transport statistics

• Transport markets

• Value chain of transport

• Trends and innovations in transport

Transport Management

• Selected topics for different transport modes

• Costs components

• Pricing

• Planning Problems (like Shortest Path or Vehicle Routing)

• Cooperation

Transport Economics

• Macroscopic Transport Models

• Sustainability of Transport

• Regulation in Transport

• Mega Projects


• Distribution Structure Design

• Impact of Distribution Strategies (for example e-commerce)

• Challenges in distribution, e.g. the like last mile

Course facts

Offered byProf. Dr. Hanno Friedrich
ECTS credits5 Credit Points
Method of examinationWritten Exam (70%) Team Assignment/Presentation (30%)