Top 10: Procurement courses in the UK
#10 Kingston University, Central London
The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course at Kingston University is a full-time one-year course that requires four to five days a week attendance at the university.
Students can gain skills and knowledge to make contributions to a logistics-related role and an understanding of global business from a strategic and operational perspective.
Students at the University of Kingston also get the opportunity to study a foreign language completely free of charge as part of the Kingston Language Scheme with options such as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
#9 Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
The Heriot-Watt University offers an MSc Logistics & Supply Chain Management course. This course can be studied either on a full-time basis for one year or a part-time basis for two years. The course has been accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)
“Our MSc Logistics programme examines current practices, trends and issues in logistics and supply chain management and we have a full programme of courses, site visits and guest speakers that provides a rich and fulfilling experience for you over the academic year.” Quote taken from the Heriot-Watt University website.
BSc (Hons) International Supply Chain and Procurement Management is a full-time, one-year course at Plymouth University. This course contains six core modules which are; International Logistics Management, Research Skills for International Business, Project Dissertation, Procurement Management Processes, Procurement and Supply Chain Law and International Supply Chain Management.
You can also study a course in BSc (Hons) International Supply Chain and Shipping Management. This is also a one year full-time course. The modules for this course are; International Logistics Management, Research Skills for International Business, International Shipping, Current Issues in Management, Ports and Intermodalism and International Supply Chain Management.
The University of South Wales offer a BA (Hons) Logistics & Supply Chain Management course which is three years long that you can then go on to further your knowledge with either an MSc International Logistics & Supply Chain Management or an MSc Strategic Procurement Management course at a Master’s Degree level.
The degrees are all accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and have been created with contribution from leading specialists.
MSc Value Chain Management is a course at the University of Kent that is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). The course can be studied on a full-time basis for one year or two years on a part-time basis.
The programme helps you to decide which decisions to make in any logistic area within an organisation. Logistics and supply chain management problems may include inventory, transportation, warehousing, location, reverse and green logistics and customer and supplier relationships.
“Graduates of this MSc are able to respond to the challenges in an area that is constantly evolving.” Quote taken from the University of Kent website.
You can study an MSc Logistics & Supply Chain Management course at the University of Hull. The course is split into four options; you can study it as it is or with a foundation year, with a year abroad or with an industrial placement. This course is three years long and you would be studying at Hull campus.
The BSc (Hons) Supply Chain Management course is a one year, full-time course suitable for postgraduates with honours degrees (or equivalent). The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Master’s degree explores the decisions made to tackle management difficulties in business, industry and the public sector. Students will look at the ways that are used to solve organisational difficulties. You can study this course full time for one year or part time for two years.
The University of Bath offers an MSc Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management course which is designed for people with little or no management experience that want to work within operations, logistics or supply chain management. It’s a full-time course which lasts for one year.
The University of Bath were also ranked as the UK’s top university in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey in 2015.
Brunel University offers a MSc Global Supply Chain Management course which is a full time course for one year. In this course, you will study issues relating to the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, sustainability, as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas.
The university is a very successful one with Brunel Business School winning the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year competition in 2013.
Salford University provides a course called MSc Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. This course can be completed on a full time basis which would take one year, or a part time basis which would take three years.
The course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
The course provides an in-depth understanding of procurement, warehousing, stores management, transportation and shipping, inventory planning and contract management.
#1 Aston University, Birmingham
Aston University in Birmingham offers an MSc Supply Chain Management course and a BSc Logistics with Purchasing Management course. These can be completed on a full time basis which would take one year or on a part time basis for a minimum of two years.
In the MSc Supply Chain Management course, you learn an understanding of the theoretical and applied perspectives of supply chain management and logistics, along with specific areas of supply chain management by studying specialist modules. These areas include: relationships, partnering, ERP, simulation, purchasing, contracts, planning and optimisation.
Top 10 air freight carriers
10. Cargolux Group
The Luxembourgish freight carrier Cargolux Group (comprised of Cargolux Airlines and Cargolux Italia, established in 2008) remained in the number 10 spot, with a total reported FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometer) equaling 7.45 bn, which represents a 7.7% expansion year-over-year. The carrier group currently operates a fleet of 30 aircraft (26 through Cargolux Airlines and an addition four through Cargolux Italia), primarily variants of the Boeing 747.
9. Korean Air
Headquartered in Seoul, Korean Air provides cargo and passenger services to over 100 destinations in 44 countries. The carrier fell from eighth place in the previous year’s rankings, with a total FTK of 7.66 bn, representing a 7.1% decrease year-over-year. Korean Air reported a net revenue of $10.7bn in 2017, also reporting a return to profitability for the first time in five years, according to Forbes.
8. Air France-KLM
The Air France-KLM freight carrier group was founded in 1947. The group is comprised of Air France, KLM, and Martinair, and is based in Paris, France. Falling from seventh place in the Freight 50 rankings, the carrier reported a total FTK of 8.13 bn, which represents a 9.2% decrease in traffic year-over-year. The group reported a net revenue of $29.08bn at the end of 2017 and is ranked #28 on Forbes Magazine’s list of Best Employers.
7. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the nationally owned airline of the Kingdom of Qatar is based in Doha, and ascended two places in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 9.22 bn, representing a 19.6% increase in comparison to the previous financial year. The carrier’s Cargo division recently launched facilities at its hub in Doha to provide a “Seamless Cool Chain”, comprised of a “2,470 square metres Climate Control Centre situated at the airside… equipped with segregated temperature-controlled sections for storing pharmaceuticals and perishables.” This end-to-end supply chain control is expected to further improve Qatar’s standing as a leader of Middle Eastern air freight.
6. Lufthansa Group
Based in Cologne, Germany, the Lufthansa Group (comprised of Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, and Brussels Airlines) fell from the fourth position in the Freight 50, with a combined FTK of 9.46 bn. While this represents a 1.6% increase in traffic, year-over-year, the carrier was forced down the list by drastic growth from other German freight company, DHL. According to Forbes, Lufthansa’s revenue and net profits ($41.5 bn and $2.78 bn, respectively) in 2017 are both the highest reported by the company over a ten-year period.
5. Cathay Group
The Cathay Group (composed of Cathay Pacific Airlines and Dragonair) is headquartered in Hong Kong and its Cargo division accounts for 21% of the airline’s total revenue. The company’s first dedicated cargo flight between Hong Kong, Frankfurt, and London, was established in 1981, according to the official site. Now, Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Division services over 47 destinations worldwide. The carrier fell from the fourth position on the Freight 50 ranking, as its total FTK fell by 3.6%, to 10.21 bn. According to Forbes, Cathay Pacific experienced a second year of unprofitability, although the airline’s asset portfolio reached a record high in 2017, with a net value of $24.1bn.
4. DHL Express Group
Operating as the largest European carrier group, DHL Express Group (composed of DHL Air, DHL International, Air Hong Kong, Polar Air Cargo, ABX Air, Southern Air, Aerologic, and EAT Leipzig) rose two positions in the Freight 50 rankings. The carrier reported a total FTK of 10.56 bn, which represents an increase of 15.1% year-over-year. In 2018, at the Farnborough Air Show, DHL Express announced the purchase of 14 Boeing 777s, part of a new strategy to modernise its fleet.
3. UPS Airlines
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, UPS Airlines is part of United Parcel Service, Inc. Founded in 1908, UPS is the oldest company in the Top Ten, and retained third place in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 11.26 bn. This represents a 3.9% increase year-over-year. The Company as a whole reported a net revenue of $67.7 bn, according to Forbes, representing a continuation of a ten-year trend of continuous growth. Forbes also ranks UPS among the world’s top 100 most-innovative companies, and the world’s top 50 most-valuable brands.
2. Emirates Skycargo
The state-owned air freight carrier for the UAE, Emirates Skycargo remains in second place on the Freight 50, with a total FTK of 12.27 bn, representing a 0.4% decrease year-over-year. The carrier’s central hub in Dubai allows its 259-strong fleet to reach over 1.5 bn consumers in under eight hours. Current purchasing plans are underway for Emirates Skycargo to almost double its fleet size. According to Albawaba, “In response to increasing demand from its customers, Emirates SkyCargo introduced a range of air transport solutions specific to industry verticals including Emirates Pharma, Emirates Wheels and Emirates Fresh.” Emirates Wheels has transported close to 150 cars per month since the program’s inception.
1. FedEx Express
Founded in 1998, FedEx Express is both the youngest and largest air freight carrier worldwide, with a total FTK of 15.71 bn. Haulage decreased by 0.9% year-over-year, while revenue increased to $60.5 bn in 2016, and again to $63.8 bn in 2017, continuing an eight-year growth trend. FedEx employs 395,000 members of staff, with FedEx Express operating across twelve transport hubs globally. The carrier purchased an additional 24 Boeing 777 variants in 2018, maintaining their company’s position as the largest airline in terms of cargo haulage.