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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2016/2017
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Docente Melacini Marco
Cfu 5.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi


(Prof Marco Melacini)


In recent years the international trade has grown significantly. A company may face the international challenge by tackling several issues (international sales, foreign direct investments, etc.). Assuming a company perspective, the aim of the course consists in examining the International distribution in terms of logistics channel and trade channel. The main international logistics variables underpinning the international distribution are deepened. Special attention will be given to emerging markets and company size (medium company vs. multinational company).


  1. International transportation.Features of the main transportation modes (ocean shipping, air shipping); types of services (e.g. FCL, LCL, groupage airfreight, charter airfreight); transportation networks (e.g. hub and spoke, multi – port calling), types of companies (freight forwarders, carrier, NVOCC, etc.); transportation unit loads (e.g. containers) and cost structure of international transportation (ocean freight, additional charges, positioning, detention, demurrage).
  2. The Order cycle in a global context. Terms of trade/incoterms, main criteria for the selection of terms of trade and implications on costs structure; analysis of the shipping process in the international context and of examination of the role of main actors (supplier, client, freight forwarders, banks, insurance companies). Customs clearance process and classification of duties.
  3. Internationalisation process of the distribution channel. General framework for distribution internationalisation; main methods for entry in a new market, both indirect exporting (e.g. export trading companies, distributors) and active exporting (e.g. agents, subsidiaries, Ecommerce B2C); main configurations of logistics networks in terms of type of warehouses (e.g. consolidation hub, international warehouse, merge in transit warehouse) and number of echelons; main logistics strategies (i.e. International sale, International outpost and International network).
  4. The management of financial flows in a global context. The impact of duties, taxes (e.g. value added tax) and currency fluctuations; the logistics tools for the management of financial flows: VAT warehouses, bonded warehouses, free trade zones (FTZ), triangulations.
  5. Logistics outsourcing in a global context, as a strategic lever for internationalisation. Study of the main actors and advanced services (e.g. representative office tax, management of logistics flows and payments); the role of 4PL (Four party logistics).
  6. The risk management in a global context. Main risk factors in international flows; main approaches towards risk management (buffers tock, contingency plans, mitigation), models to assess global risk, insurance policies to manage the risk.
  7. Planning of logistics flows in a global context. The design of relationship between subsidiaries and headquarter (forecasting, replenishment, production planning); setting of a collaborative planning with distributors (VMI on global scale)); advanced planning tools (e.g. DRP); the value and the tools of visibility in a global context.


Course Organisation, Teaching Methods and Reference Material


The International Distribution Course is based on the assumption that students have a basic knowledge of Logistics Management. The lessons will be both theoretical and quantitative. Students will have the opportunity to visit some relevant logistic structures (e.g. bonded warehouses) and to attend lectures held by executives of important multinational companies, export managers and freight forwarders.


Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The final exam consists of a written part and an assignment (not mandatory). The teaching material consists of: (i) set of slides supporting the in-class lectures; (ii) practical lessons/exercises; (iii) supplementary exercises; (iv) selected references (selection of papers and chapters of relevant books, videos, etc.). All the material will be available before the related lesson on https://beep.metid.polimi.it.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaHult T., Closs D., Frayer D, Global Supply chain management, Editore: McGraw Hill Education, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 978-0-07-182742-3
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaDornier P., Ernst R., Fender M., Kouvelis P., Global operations and logistics, Editore: John Wiley and sons, Anno edizione: 1998, ISBN: 978-0471120360

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