Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to understand at a high level, the major functional pieces of business logistics. The student will be able to: describe in detail the various modes of transportation and types of carriers; understand and explain the use of the various documents used in the transportation of goods; understand and explain terms of sale; have an understanding of the process for successful rate negotiation; speak with authority on the basics of warehouse operations; have a general understanding of the principles of inventory management; be familiar with current information technology concepts within the context of a logistics operation.
- Understand the major aspects of transportation and logistics in the context of the current business environment.
- Have a general sense of the various historical, legislative and practical issues associated with the movement of freight within the United States.
- Develop a familiarity with the issues involved in the transport of cargo internationally.
- Have an awareness of the legal, documentary and mechanical aspects of international trade from the perspective of doing business from the United Sates.
- Become familiar with the general issues concerning the management of a warehouse. These include site selection, warehouse layout, safety and security measures, cost drivers, shipping and receiving, packaging, inventory management principles, and just-in-time fulfillment.
- Acquire a general understanding of the major technology issues facing the logistician. These include such topics as PCâ€™s, computer languages, the Internet, networks, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), AutoID technologies, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), and international trade software.
- Gain familiarity with the concept of logistics outsourcing. Understand which logistics functions are more successfully outsourced. What factors must be considered before undertaking an outsourcing relationship.
- Become familiar with some basic strategies for conducting a successful negotiation.
- Coursework is described in a practical approach, so that each learning module can be utilized in the studentâ€™s current or future positions as a quick-reference for transportation and business logistics problem solving.
Major topics covered in this course are the various modes of transportation and their application, rate development and negotiation, shipping documents â€“ their purpose and use, domestic and international terms of sale/freight terms, export compliance requirements, international transportation documentary requirements, importing, warehouse fundamentals, inventory management principles, Information Technology (IT) as it applies within a logistics functional setting, logistics outsourcing and negotiation strategies.