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Course Retail logistics

Current notice: Retail Logistics I cannot be offered in winter semester 2022/23. From summer semester 2023, a completely revised Retail Logistics will be offered for 6 ECTS in one semester. The module Retail Logistics will then always be held in the summer semester.


Increasing customer demands require intelligent logistic solutions

The development of the seller market into a buyer market has led to a change in the imortance of the customer in the retail sector. Innovative concepts and flexible reactions to customer needs are increasing in significance for a businesses sucess. 

High complexity and high dynamics create the framework conditions of the retail

The german retail sector is marked by a steady change since many years. Despite stagnating turnovers and extremly low margins, the expansion of sales area capacities is growing. In face of those developments the optimisation of logistics is significant for the long term success of a business. An extremely broad product range, which has to be continuously cooled to a large extent as well as a complex source and sink structure (high amount of suppliers and retail stores) are only a fraction of the challenges that retail logistics is facing today. As part of the increasing internationalisation of the retail, a market entry in new countries with sometimes limited infrastructure an error-free logistics is demanded.

Retail logistics I/II

The two-semester event Retail Logistics deals with the special challenges facing the logistics of internationally operating retail companies. The aim is to gain an understanding of the structures and processes of retail logistics. Further focal points are the internationalisation of trade and approaches to cooperation between trade and the consumer goods industry. To this end, the current structural framework conditions in Germany as well as the main influencing factors and the importance of company type innovation and erosion on the design of trade logistics will be considered. In addition, alternative logistics structures and delivery route decisions are discussed and their respective advantages and disadvantages evaluated. Based on these contents, different forms of cooperation between industry and trade will be investigated. Within the framework of this thematic block, excursions to retail companies and logistics service providers will take place.

Contents Retail Logistics I

The integrated course Retail Logistics I focuses on the evaluation of alternative logistics structures and delivery route decisions in retail. First, the current structural framework conditions in Germany as well as the main influencing factors and the importance of company type innovation and erosion on the design of trade logistics will be examined. In order to supplement the lecture contents, various topics will be assigned for written elaborations within the framework of the first block of lectures, which students will work on in small groups. There will also be two excursions.

Contents Retail Logistics II

The integrated event Retail Logistics II is based on the basics of Retail Logistics I. A major focus here is on the discussion of innovative identification and communication systems in the retail context. In particular, the potentials and challenges of RFID technology for retail will be analysed and probable lines of development will be pointed out. In addition, the topics internationalization and procurement logistics of the retail trade as well as approaches in the cooperation between retail and consumer goods industry are focused. To supplement the lecture content, the first block of events will present various topics for short lectures, which will be worked on by the students in small groups and presented in the following block of events. The lecture topics are based on current developments in retail logistics and provide students with an opportunity to deal in greater depth with strategic and technological issues. Examples for this could be new concepts of e-commerce and chances of innovative material flow technologies.

Learning Objectives

The module "Retail Logistics" will provide students with the necessary tools and knowledge to analyze and optimize different distribution networks in retail. The knowledge acquired and practically reinforced during this module will help the students to work in retail logistics systems.


To pass this course, the lectures Retail logistics I in the WS and Retail logistics II in the SS with 3 ECTS each have to be completed.

The content of the Foundation of Logistics course is assumed.

For logistics master students this course is an elective course in the engineering part.

Event details

Event details
You will find the module description with information on the workload, the type of examination and grading here.
course number
73 110 L 5288 (Retail logistics I)
73 110 L 5289 (Retail logistics II)
block event (4x Fr. und 4x Sa.)
Fridays, 15:00–18:00 (s.t.)
Saturdays, 10:00–12:00 (s.t.)
Start: mid/ end of may; tbd soon
s. Dates
Contact person
Florian Sinn, M.Sc.

Lecturer of the Event


Lecturer of the event is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Prümper, lecturer for trade logistics in the field of logistics, who today works as a management consultant. In the past, Prof. Dr. Prümper has been responsible for the entire cross-divisional logistics activities of Metro AG for many years. Prior to that he held leading positions in logistics and management at Kaufhof AG and today's Tchibo AG.

Important note

The course Retail logistics II (SS) builds on the basics dealt with in Retail logistics I (WS) and the understanding of the overall context conveyed there. For this reason, it is highly recommended to take the courses in the appropriate order.


The important dates of the current semester can be found on the German website.
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The documents of the event will be made available on the e-Learning platform: www.isis-tu-berlin.de

A registration key is not required.

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