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Diploma in Logistics Management

Key distance learning training course for today's logistics personnel

Commences: 10th May 2017

During the course you will study the following modules:


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Introduction to Trade and the Supply Chain

At the end of this module, learners should be able to:

• Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation
• Identify and explain at least four different customs routines
• Research and highlight relevant issues in differing transport sectors

  • Evolution and development of trade
  • Evolution of transport modes and the opening-up of new markets and trades
  • Changes in manufacturing practices
  • Deregulation
  • Spread of globalisation
  • Customs routines
  • Free Trade Zones
  • Trading Blocks and customs unions
  • Transport sectors (for example; retail, oil & gas, project cargo, food, automotive, pharma, humanitarian, people)
  • Definitions and terminology


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Movement of Goods, People, Animals and Information

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of three different modes of transport
  • Justify the use of Intermodal transport
  • Summarise the key information necessary for successful transportation
  • Comparison of freight and passenger transport
  • Evaluation of road transport
  • Evaluation of rail transport
  • Evaluation of sea transport
  • Evaluation of air transport
  • Intermodal transport
    • Equipment
    • Infrastructure
  • Other modes of transport
  • Animal transportation
  • Transportation of people
  • Information flows


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Logistics, Distribution and the Supply Chain

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Apply the principles of Lean and Agile supply chain strategies
  • Devise a suitable transportation strategy based on specific supply chain parameters
  • Demonstrate how value can be added within a supply chain
  • The supply chain concept
  • Supply chain strategy and planning
  • The role of depots, warehouses and distribution centres
  • Channels of distribution
  • Modal selection
  • Optimisation of transport modes
  • Value-added services


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Warehousing and Inventory Management

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Create a suitable warehouse design for a given storage scenario
  • Select suitable MHE based on product specifications
  • Apply appropriate forecasting techniques to predict future demand
  • Storage methods
  • Warehouse construction
  • Warehouse design
  • Inventory location
  • Packaging
  • Mechanical Handling Equipment (MHE)
  • Automation
  • Technology
  • Warehouse routines and operations
  • Reasons for holding inventory
  • Inventory costs
  • Lead times
  • Inventory replenishment techniques
  • Re-order quantities
  • Forecasting
  • Collaborative planning and forecasting
  • Demand management
  • Services vs goods
  • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)


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Operations Management

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Categorise the various operational processes involved in freight transportation
  • Prepare for different pieces of documentation associated with international transportation
  • Generate suitable KPIs for a given logistical scenario
  • Logistical operations and processes
  • Who does what
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Documentation
    • Including animal and plant products, licences, people (i.e. passports and visas, etc.)
  • Packing
  • Hazardous cargo
  • Temperature control
  • Out of Gauge (OOG)
  • Project cargo
  • Customer service
  • KPIs and SLAs


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Procurement, Sourcing and Contracting of Services

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Apply appropriate techniques for the efficient sourcing of goods and services
  • Relate the importance of ethical sourcing
  • Prepare a suitable bid for a hypothetical Invitation to Tender
  • Sourcing Methods and techniques
  • Selection process
  • Procurement practice
  • Payment terms
  • Incoterms
  • Ethical sourcing
  • Tendering
  • Service contracts
  • The law


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Business Management in Logistics

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of various functional company structures
  • Appraise outsourcing as a business strategy
  • Prepare a business plan
  • Legal structures
  • Functional structures
  • Leadership and management
  • Outsourcing
  • Marketing
    • Services and goods
  • People management
    • HR
    • Recruitment
    • Team working
  • Business planning


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Supply Chain Sustainability

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Judge supply chain risk
  • Devise a supply chain risk management plan
  • Predict environmental issues within a supply chain and recommend measures to reduce their impact
  • Supply chain risk
  • Risk management
  • Environmental issues
    • Modal comparison
    • Waste and waste management
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Cooperation and collaboration


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Finance in Logistics

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Analyse financial documents
  • Classify supply chain costs
  • Prepare a basic budget
  • Introduction to finance
  • Operating costs
    • Fixed
    • Variable
  • Costing techniques
  • Selling prices
  • P&L
  • Balance sheet
  • Budgets


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Recent and Emerging Trends in Logistics

At the end of this module, learners should be able to;

  • Hypothesize the effects of emerging technologies on existing supply chains
  • Show how legislation can impact supply chains
  • Estimate how changes to the external environment may affect supply chains
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • 3D printing
  • Drones
  • Online trading and exchanges
  • Social media
  • Future technology
  • Legislation
  • Mergers and acquisitions – trends
  • Changing demographics and economies


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Case Study

The final module is a case study is on effective and sustainable logistics management for a global manufacturer in the chilled/frozen foods sector. It will draw together from lessons learnt from the previous topics.


  • Background to logistics and supply chain management
  • Modelling techniques in logistics and supply chain management
  • Review of logistics and supply chain performance indicators
  • Analytical performance and benchmarking techniques
  • Current issues in supply chain performance and optimisation
  • Case study applications

The course reflects and tackles issues that we face on a daily basis on the ground. Excellent content and excellent approach in learning how to deal, evaluate and resolve logistic issues.

Nabil Alameddine,

General Manager, BGT