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SCMP Online Module 3 - Logistics and Transportation - Winter 2023

Date:   Jan 20, 2023 - Apr 21, 2023
Time:   12:00 AM



Join us for self-paced and self-study SCMP Online modules. We design our program keeping in mind the convenience of our accreditation candidates, most of who are working professionals and therefore value time alongside excellence in supply chain education.

Early Bird Registration until December 19, 2022

  • Member: $895.50 + tax
  • Non-Member: $1165.50 + tax

Regular Registration

  • Member: $995.00 + tax
  • Non-Member: $1295.00 + tax

Module Overview

Logistics is the management of inventory, in motion and at rest, to serve customers.  The goal of this module is for candidates to develop an understanding of the position and role of logistics in supply chain management, and the need to integrate the logistics functions (primarily customer service, inventory management, transportation and warehousing) as part of the supply chain strategy.  This module covers the fundamental logistics functions, as well as the strategic integration of those functions.

The focus of this module is on strategic management and integration of the logistics functions.  Inventory management is at the heart of logistics with a focus on inventory in motion (transportation) and at rest (warehousing), to provide service to customers.  Module 3 includes discussion on the role of third-party logistics (3PL) providers in logistics and SCM, along with the issue of reverse logistics - moving goods back up the supply chain for various reasons.

Strategic logistics decisions often involve trade-offs, e.g., moving large shipments of goods reduces transportation costs but increases the inventory carrying costs.  Thus, many of the sessions in this module are naturally linked.  A computer simulation included in this module requires candidates to apply concepts and tools learned throughout this module.

Module Goals

Upon completion of this module candidates should be able to:

  • Understand the impact of organizational structure on integrated logistics management
  • Create and run a supply chain simulation model
  • Analyze location alternatives and make a recommendation
  • Use the simulation model to plan for expanding operations and create a report on simulation challenges and results
  • Appreciate inventory cost trade-offs (e.g., carrying costs vs ordering costs)
  • Understand the interaction between transportation and inventory decisions - and compute the ETQ
  • Apply the square root law to estimate impact of centralization and decentralization of facilities on inventory levels
  • Make a recommendation regarding carrier reduction at your organization
  • Create a transportation management system (TMS) RFP for your organization
  • Assess the applicability of cross-docking for your organization
  • Create a warehouse management system (WMS) RFP for your organization
  • Assess the applicability of logistics outsourcing for your organization
  • Develop a framework for 3PL provider selection for your organization
  • Understand sources of returns and reasons for returns
  • Develop an RFP for outsourcing your reverse logistics function

Payment and Cancellation Policy

You are eligible for a refund minus an administration fee of $150.00 plus tax for cancellation/withdrawal requests received in writing before week 2; thereafter, no refund will be available.  Transfer request to a future online module offering is permissible only if received in writing and accompanied by supporting docuemntation prior to week 3.  Credits to be sued for future offerings are valid for 12 months from the date of initial payment and will expire if not used in that time frame.  Please contact SCMAO for details regarding eligibility to transfer.

If you would like to withdraw from a module, please send an email to and copy your Coach.  You are required to inform SCMAO of your intent as soon as possible.  Clearly state your intention to withdraw and provide authorization for us to proceed.  It is highly advisable that you review your eligibility for a refund or transfer under the Payment and Cancellation Policy.