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This course is part of the International Logistics ExpertTrack

Multimodal Transport: Sourcing and Procurement in Logistics

Explore different transportation modes, their characteristics, and sourcing and procurement.

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    2 weeks
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    5 hours
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Define multimodal transport and procurement for logistics business solutions

This two-week course will discuss various transportation modes and their characteristics to develop your understanding of multimodal transport.

You’ll learn the different mode selection criteria, as well as how to identify key multimodal transportation to help you build an understanding of the choices you have within your logistics business.

You’ll also discover the process behind procurement logistics and practical approaches to sourcing and handling material effectively using the Kraljic matrix.

Understand the elements of container shipping

You’ll start by exploring container shipping and its elements so that you can learn how to use them effectively in international logistics.

You’ll look at sourcing and procurement with this standardised form of shipping, also known as ISO containers, focusing on procurement logistics.

Learn the benefits and drawbacks of IT applications in procurement and order management

Alongside experts at Coventry, you’ll identify the stages of the order cycle and learn how effective tools can help you manage orders.

You’ll also discuss the advantages of ICT applications in procurement and order management and analyse the disadvantages to determine whether these tools will help you.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand intermodal operations and its characteristics, as well as important legal information such as Bill of lading and incoterms.


  • Week 1

    Modes of Transportation

    • Welcome to Short Course 2

      Welcome to a new week of International Logistics.

    • Modes of transport in logistics operations

      In this activity, we’ll examine the different modes of transport and their main characteristics.

    • How to select a mode of transport

      In this activity, we’ll explore some of the factors and processes to consider when selecting modes of transport.

    • Container shipping

      In this activity, we’ll look at containers and their key role in transporting goods.

    • A summary of the week

      A chance for you to reflect on your learning this week and find out what's coming up next.

  • Week 2

    Transactions, Technology and Order Management

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome back to a new week of International Logistics.

    • Incoterms

      In this activity, we introduce you to Incoterms, an agreed set of terms used in international trade.

    • Procurement logistics

      In this activity, we focus on what happens before a buyer-seller relationship comes to fruition through the procurement aspect of logistics.

    • Order management and technology

      In this activity, we’ll examine the order management cycle process and the role of technology in international logistics.

    • A summary of the week and short course

      A review of the week and your chance to reflect on your learning over this short course.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Analyse the characteristics of different transportation modes and criteria to select
  • Recognise container shipping and its elements
  • Analyse sourcing and procurement in logistics
  • Discuss ICT applications in procurement and order management

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for practitioners looking to develop their understanding of international logistics and its concepts.

This course from Coventry University is part of the International Logistics ExpertTrack, exploring the importance of international logistics from a strategic perspective.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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Explore the importance of international logistics and develop your understanding of logistics management at a strategic level.

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