Logistics management is crucial to the supply of resources to ensure business profitability and longevity. If you want to understand the factors that impact the successful operation of any business, this online logistics course is ideal for you.
Introduction to Logistics is a professional development course that provides insight into logistics and supply chain management.
In this logistics course, you will learn about distribution channels, competitor analysis, supply chain dynamics and logistics management strategies. You will also learn about the procurement cycle, risk mitigation, drop shipping and warehousing, robotics and customer service, transport and delivery and inventory management.
On completion of this course, you will have developed comprehensive introductory knowledge to manage logistics.
Unit - Logistics
Unit 1 – Nature and Scope of Logistics Management
Introduction to logistics
Inbound and outbound logistics
Logistics or supply chain management
Goals and objectives of logistics
Reducing unexpected events
Keeping inventory to a minimum
Just-in-time inventory management
Transport cost reduction
Supply chain channels
Direct & indirect channels
Types of distribution channel
Choosing the best distribution channel?
Nature of the product
Value of product
How e-commerce has altered supply chain management, logistics & business
Unit 2 – Strategies and Operations
Decisions within logistics
Logistics network design
Vertical integration vs outsourcing
Vertical integration (advantages and disadvantages)
Outsourcing (advantages and disadvantages)
Developing a logistics strategy
Components of logistics strategy
Designing a logistics strategy
Implementing logistic strategies in strategic planning
Developing a strategic plan
Identifying a key strategic focus
Using kaizen as a business strategy
Unit 3 – Procurement
Obtaining goods or services
The procurement cycle
Procurement – raw materials
Monitoring supplier performance
What needs to be monitored?
Supplier performance evaluation
Original equipment manufacturer
Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
Unit 4 – Warehousing /Storage
The purpose of a warehouse
Advantages of warehousing
Types of warehouses
Private and public warehouses
Drop shipping & warehousing
Warehousing management systems
Why use a WMS?
How does a WMS work?
Technology affecting warehousing
Robotics and autonomous machines
Blockchain, tech networks and the cloud
Customer service in warehousing
Unit 5 – Materials
Introduction to materials in logistics
Types of materials
Designing a material handling system
Material handling equipment
Bulk material handling
Storage and handling equipment
Containers and pallets
Materials used for shipping
Materials used for shipping
Ethical issues and sustainability
Ethical sourcing of materials
Unit 6 – Transport and Delivery
Modes of transport
Road transportation – truck freight
Benefits of truck freight
Challenges with truck freight
Marine transportation – ship
Benefits and challenges of marine transportation
Case study: the Suez Canal obstruction
Rail transportation – train
Advantages and disadvantages of rail transportation
Air transportation – plane
Advantages and disadvantages of air transportation
The importance of a good schedule
Planning a delivery schedule – tools
Unit 7 – Inventory Management
Types of inventories
How inventory is planned & controlled
Basic stock methods
Percentage variation method
Challenges with inventory planning
Inaccurate or incomplete data
Insufficient order management
Software & systems
Automated store ordering
Robotic stock handling
Supply and demand
Vendor managed inventory
Case study: toilet paper shortages during covid
Case study: Impact of semiconductor shortage on car manufacturing
Unit 8 – Risk Management – Health and Safety Issues, Legislation
Health & safety: warehousing
Slips, trips, and falls
Vehicles in and around the warehouse
Employee stress & management
Signs and symptoms of stress
The positive side of stress
The negative side of stress
Symptoms and effects of stress
Simple techniques to reduce stress
Chain of responsibility
Risks in logistics
What is risk?
Issues with transportation
How to mitigate risk
How to react: processes to mitigate risk
Root cause analysis
Probability impact matrix
Unit 9 – Supply Chain Dynamics
Predicting change – is it possible?
Start with what is certain
What is the biggest problem?
Types of change in a business
Planning for change
Organisational change management
Choosing the right behaviour change intervention
Step 1 involves identifying the behaviour
Step 2 involves identifying the most valuable intervention option(s)
Step 3 involves identifying and conducting policy change
Behaviour change techniques
Building a better supply chain
Artificial intelligence (ai)
Advances in ecommerce
Track and trace
Unit 10 – PBL Project – Developing a Logistics Plan
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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