Course – Facility Logistics Management

February 20, 2019 10.00 - 16.00 h

Course description
This course focuses on process design and execution: operations, particularly those within facilities (internal logistics). External and internal logistics are heavily related and, even stronger, interdependent. We will address such questions as: what is the impact of a company’s distribution structure on the internal logistics system, and vice versa? What storage systems should be used under which circumstances, what handling systems, what is the best layout, which information systems are appropriate, and what is the resulting system performance in terms of, for instance, throughput, utilization and order flow times? Besides matters of system choice, operational storage and order picking strategies are also discussed.

The aim of the course is to:

  • Develop insight and elementary design skills in material handling and facility (particularly warehouse and transshipment) operations management;
  • Develop analytical skills in regards to logistics operations. Tools will be provided to enable you to structure, analyze and master the issues at hand.

De Koster: I do not focus on any particular research methodology. We discuss research with background in OR (deterministic and stochastic) and empirical research (surveys, experimentation).
Adan: queueing network theory

Elementary knowledge of probability, queuing and inventory models, basics in operations management and logistics management.

More detailed information on the course in this document:TRAIL OML Course Facility Logistics Management – 2019

Lecturers: Prof. René de Koster (EUR) and Prof. Ivo Adan (TU/e)

Course dates: 13, 20, 27 February & 20 March 2019

Time: 10.00 -16.00 h.

Location:  Utrecht

ECTS: 1 (attendance) – 4 (attendance + assignment)

Participation: free for TRAIL/Beta/OML members and PhD students of participating faculties

Registration: CLICK HERE

This course is part of the GP-OML program (

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