Portrait of Dr Richard Crompton Dr Richard Crompton

r.crompton@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472475


Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Logistics, Operations, Hospitality and Marketing
Qualifications: BSc, MSc, FHEA, PhD

Richard has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University for approximately ten years teaching Supply Chain Management and Retail Logistics to the degree and Masters students. He is the Course Leader for the MSc Global Supply Chain Management qualification.

He has also managed a distance learning course targeted at operations and project managers within major supply chain companies. He wrote the teaching manuals for this which have been used in a variety of colleges across the country and has designed specialist training courses aligned to specific company requirements. A Merit award was achieved within the University in recognition of this contribution.

Before joining the University Richard worked in a variety of major companies within industry for thirteen years. These roles included the Logistics Projects Manager for Hallmark Holdings, Operations Manager for Argos Plc. and different consultancy projects. He firmly believes that industrial experience is essential to support teaching this applied subject and develop transferable skills.

He has completed a PhD on the use of inventory optimisation packages within industry. This work has involved close collaboration with software designers and users of these packages. Other specialist qualifications include a Master’s degree in Industrial Logistics for which he received the Faculty Prize for best overall performance and a BSc (Hons) degree in Distribution Management. These studies included all aspects of supply chain management ranging from product design and manufacturing to the delivery of finished products.

Research and Scholarship

As indicated above, a major area of interest is the development of inventory methods used across different industries and the PhD was based on this topic. This logic supports the transferal of stocks between lines, sites and different levels of the supply chain. Service levels are system generated based on the varying levels of sensitivity of stock to service changes and opportunities for initiatives such as centralisation and postponement.

I am also interested in topics such as warehouse design and the structure of distribution networks. The work in industry involved major projects such as the design of warehouse layouts, handling system requirements and supporting procedures. There has been a particular focus on the retailing market within this work looking at initiatives for a new generation of sites such as consolidation centres, cross-docking operations, advanced fulfillment factories and dedicated e-retailing picking centres.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Jenkins, A., Cameron, D. and Crompton, R. (2015) ‘Supply Chain Management in the Hospitality Industry: A research agenda’. In: Asia Pacific CHRIE Conference 2015: Hospitality and Tourism in a Greening World, 10th - 13th June 2015, Auckland, New Zealand , pp. 949-952


Crompton, R (2010) ‘Inventory Optimisation software - to what extent can the potential savings be exploited in different industries?,’. In: Logistics Research Network (LRN) Annual Conference, 9th-11th September 2009, Cardiff Business School, Wales


Tipi, N., Crompton, R. and Mayer, R. (2008) ‘The Way in Which Supply Chains are Measured’. In: 15th International Conference on recent advances in Retailing and Services Science, July 14-17 2008, Zagreb, Croatia


Tipi, N. and Crompton, R. (2006) ‘An evaluation of the extent to which modern performance systems meet changing strategic goals’. In: Logistics Research Network 2006 conference proceedings. : The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. pp. 450-455. ISBN 9781904564171


2011 – 2015: External examiner for MSc Supply Chain Management courses at The Dublin Institute of Technology

2010 – 2014: External examiner for BSc (Hons) Supply Chain Management courses at London Metropolitan University

Academic review of ‘Best Practice in Inventory Management’ textbook (2016) for Routledge publishers.

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the ToolsGroup User Group to support the development of inventory software.

Regular presenter at the Swisslog Retail Conferences and writer of articles for their publications.

City and Guilds assessor qualifications

Internal Merit award for the development of distance learning courses

Academic reviews of specialist textbook: Waters (2003) Logistics - An introduction to Supply Chain Management, Palgrave Macmillan

Member of CILT Special Interest Groups on Inventory Management

Research Degree Supervision

  • Supply Chain Management structures
  • Operations Management
  • Inventory system applications
  • Industrial engineering supporting warehouse design etc.
  • Developments of retailer strategies e.g. impact of smaller store formats and the growth of e-retailing on their distribution operations

Enterprise Activities

2016 Design and delivery of Supply Chain Management course for the Jungheinrich company.

2009 – present: Research collaboration with the ToolsGroup company to assess the inventory software requirements of different industries.

2012 – present: Research collaboration with the Andrew Page company to evaluate the development of inventory methods within the spare parts market.

2012: present: Research collaboration with RS Components to analyse the use of SIOP and the benefits achieved since ERP and APS tools were relinquished.

2005 – 2013: Collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) to design and supply training manuals for their diploma course.

Administrative Responsibilities

Programme Manager for the CILT Distance Learning courses

Course Leader for the MSc Global Supply Chain Management course.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Responsible for all of the teaching and management on the following modules:

  • SMT 1001 - MSc Global Supply Chain Management
  • SMT 1012 - MSc Retail Logistics
  • SHT 4006 – BSc (Hons) Retail Logistics
  • BIT  2019 – Manufacturing and Operations Management

Tutorial support for:

  • BSc (Hons) Professional Skills Development
  • Distance learning support and assessment for the CILT Level 5 Diploma on Logistics