A Competitive Advantage for the 21st Century Logistic Management Essay

Business Finance

Logistics Topic Paper:

You need to submit a final paper relating to a topic in logistics. Topics include but are not limited to transportation, 3PL’s, technology, inventory, customer service, warehousing, logistics strategy or international logistics.

Prior approval of topic is required. You will need to submit a Proposal first to be approved before start writing the paper

A recommended approach is as follows:

Select an area of logistics that is of interest to you. Within this area of logistics, you can do research to find what has been written about the subject, a current industry trend/hot topic, how it has changed historically, what is its future, how do companies utilize it differently, etc.

Look for professional organizations that center on this area of logistics, see what they have. Many companies use logistics as a competitive advantage, or misunderstand logistics and how it is strategic, or may require substantial improvement in logistics, or are top players in that area. You can then transfer the knowledge to a business situation using either personal observation and experience or well-documented industry examples. You can meet with a company if you choose and research their logistics operation/strategy, and bring that into the paper.

The purpose of approval is to assist the student in refining his topic so that it is interesting, valuable learning for him, and can be done in the time period.


1. Be creative but ensure that the paper is robust and substantial to warrant the points allocated to this assignment.

2. Paper to be professionally written, Paper to include sub-sections such as Introduction or Executive Summary.

o Appropriate sub-topics such as Background, Trends, Future Direction, Issues, or whatever.

o Recommendations or Critique if applicable

o Conclusions

3. Add diagrams where it would be interesting, do analysis if appropriate, do proper citations, provide references.

4. Note that written business reports should generally be in the third person (not first person).

5. Ensure to have structure to the report (such as executive summary, introduction, background, trends, issues, conclusion, etc.).

6. This is about full 9-pages, not including bibliography or title pages, charts or tables.

7. References should be a minimum of 8

8. Using APA style format for citations.

9. Wikipedia and other web-based encyclopedic sources may be used, but should only compile no more than 25% of the research resources. (But not preferred)

10 .Any verbiage taken directly from a citation should be put in quotations and cited properly.

Plagiarism is not acceptable in any form and a score of zero will be given on the paper, as the paper will be checked by Turnitin Website for plagiarism. So, please make sure to deliver an original and high quality paper.

VIP: This is an extensive paper and you should choose a topic early and begin your comprehensive research early in the term. You might want to read ahead in the book to inform yourself on some of the areas we won’t be studying till later, as these might provide insight into topics you are really interested in.

Paper Rubric 120



This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome On time

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Style and professionalism in writing

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Topic Definition

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Evidence Presented

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Logistics Content

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Critique and Analysis

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Conclusions and Exec Summary

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Interest

10.0 pts

Total 120

I have attached the book for your reference.

Also, the course syllabus is below, to have an idea about what chapters we have studied for this course.

Chapter# Chapter# Chapter#
Chapter 1 – Introduction to Logistics Chapter 2 – Logistics in the Organization Chapter 3 – Customer Service
Chapter 4 – Inventory Management Chapter 5 – Global Transportation Systems Chapter 6 – Transportation Management Issues
Chapter 7 – Warehousing Chapter 8 – Materials Handling and Packaging Chapter 9 – Managing Logistics Information
Chapter 10 – Inbound Logistics and Purchasing Chapter 11 – The Global Logistics Environment Chapter 12 – Logistics Strategies
Chapter 13 – Developing High-Quality Logistics Systems Chapter 14 – Improving Logistics Performance Chapter 15 – Organizing for Logistics Effectiveness

Due Date:

This work must be done in one week from now, BUT you need to submit a proposal for this topic paper within 24 from now to get an approval for the topic before start writing the paper.

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