Course Brief

The aim of this course is to provide you with the necessary tools and frameworks to understand core activities and processes involved in freight transport and warehouse management and to enable you to plan, assess, specify, evaluate and operate both in a variety of business contexts.

The course will be of benefit to students already working in the field of supply chain and logistics, or wishing to move into those functional areas. It will also help those working in other functions improve their understanding of this fast-developing area of business and broaden their knowledge.

  • 30 - 60 Contact Hours

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • appreciate the importance of logistics to corporate strategy and as a source of competitive advantage.
  • understand freight transport types, multi-modal transport options, and each mode’s relative suitability.
  • explain the key steps in selecting the appropriate mode of transport for freight operations.
  • evaluate the implications of freight transportation selection and its effect on optimum success within the supply chain.
  • understand regulations and technology pertaining to freight movements. Understand how regulation and industry impact both freight operations and warehousing.
  • evaluate multi-modal freight transportation and juxtapose these issues against the wide range of alternative distribution centre resources, techniques and technologies.
  • explain how the capability of a distribution centre can impact upon the capability and performance of a supply chain.
  • understand storage, handling and picking systems, and the current and emerging technologies involved, as well as value-adding activities in distribution centres.
  • evaluate the suitability of the different systems, techniques and technologies within a distribution centre against the strategic and operational needs of an organisation.
  • recognise the key issues within distribution centres relating to activities, resources and processes.
  • identify trends and future technologies in the fields of freight and warehousing, and evaluate their impact on selection and operations.
Topics Covered
  • Fundamentals of logistics network design
  • In-house and outsourced logistics
  • Technology-driven market changes
  • Transport cost optimisation
  • Key factors in decision making
  • Global shipping
  • Regional and national transport networks
  • Local and final-mile delivery
  • Decision factors in freight mode choice
  • Fundamentals of freight optimisation
  • Optimisation at different levels
  • Key costs and other optimisation factors
  •  Route planning – global/national/final mile
  • Opportunities and limitations
  • Future developments in optimising freight
  • Regulations involved in running freight transport and warehousing operations.
  •  How legislation affects operational activity and performance
  • Sustainability imperatives
  • Fundamentals of warehousing
  • Warehousing for different types of business
  • Strategic implications of warehousing
  • In-house and outsourced models
  • Levels of technological sophistication
  • Fundamental concepts in warehouse design and operating principles
  • Choices and trade-offs in warehouse design
  • Introduction to material storage and handling equipment
  •  Technology advances in storage and handling
  • Picking operations and human/machine interaction
  • Sustainability as a driver of warehouse design and equipment change
  • Future changes to warehouse requirements as a result of technology changes
  • Warehouse tasks and activities
  • Understanding capacity and throughput
  • Load balancing in warehouse operation
  • Staff and other resources in warehouse operations
  • Health and Safety in the warehouse environment
  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and integration with other systems
  • Data-driven order processes
  • Inventory control and management
  • Data analysis for decision making
  • Integration with external partners
  • Types of trade-offs in freight transport and warehouse decision-making
  •  Dealing with trade-offs between freight and warehouse costs
  •  Location and infrastructure access issues
  •  Technologies for integrating freight and warehouse planning
  • Competitive advantage created by effective logistics
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