Understanding the mechanics of the logistics chain has never been more critical than at a time when pressure on cost and efficiency is at a premium. Managing freight transport on a global basis, even in a downturn, combines specialist knowledge with an understanding of a broad range of disciplines.
The IBC Global Academy is offering two courses on these critical functions, both delivered entirely by distance learning.
The Diploma in Logistics Management 2009-2010 runs for 12 months, commencing August 25, 2009, featuring 11 modules covering core topics and practical requirements for planning, implementing and controlling the flow of goods and services globally.
The programme includes an overview of integrated supply chain and logistics management; inventory management; outsourcing; finance and contracts. Two modules cover road, rail, air and sea modes of the freight transport industry. The remaining four comprise warehousing and distribution; key issues for supply chain management; IT and communications and performance measurement.
Industry course advisor Alan Rushton of Dialog Consultants says the need for effective management logistics is never more essential than in the current economic environment. “Today’s logistics managers operate in a demanding environment and are charged with streamlining the many and complex activities that provide organizations with essential materials and services. They must know how to balance cost, effectiveness and risk and deliver required customer service levels.”
The diploma draws on the expertise of leading practitioners from industry, universities and business schools and is recognized by the Chartered Institute of Logistics Management UK for continuing professional development. Successful completion provides equivalence to the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Introduction to Shipping and Logistics Multi-Modal Transport examinations.
The Certificate in Freight Forwarding runs for 12 weeks commencing September 8, 2009 and includes an introduction to the subject and five further modules; logistics methods; transport methods; documentation/customs requirements; freight rates and dangerous goods.
The course is designed to deliver a thorough grounding in the major disciplines of freight forwarding and a detailed understanding of its key functions. Appropriate for those wishing to refresh or formalise their experience, the course is also suitable for those working in allied disciplines or looking to enter the profession.
Course director J Mark Rowbotham points out that freight forwarding is sometimes taken for granted by many shippers, who are missing the opportunity to cut costs from the bottom line of their clients’ business.
“The freight forwarder is essential, he is an integral part of the supply chain and the main point of contact. All too often logistics staff are not aware of the role of a forwarder or the information required in order to ensure their goods are shipped correctly.”
The Diploma in Logistics Management 2009-2010 and The Certificate in Freight Forwarding are both delivered entirely by distance learning, providing each student with access to a web-based, blended learning environment comprising online modules, discussion forums and online tests.