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Simulating Distribution Networks Prior to Implementation

Create and test a global distribution network, utilising scenario tools, designed to meet an end customer’s service expectation.

Simulating Distribution Networks Prior to Implementation
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Build and test a global distribution network while meeting client expectations

During this course, we’ll be learning to create and test a working distribution network, using a scenario planning tool to bring together warehouse, transport and terminal assets to manage and position inventory.

We’ll be studying the links between physical characteristics of goods and customer demand and will learn how to undertake an audit of an existing distribution network, examining its validity and identifying issues and critical uncertainties.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • Outlining a future distribution network
  • How scenario planning can be used to model a future distribution network
  • Auditing existing networks
  • Bringing together warehouse, transport and terminal assets to manage inventory
  • Linking physical characteristics of goods to customer demand
  • Links between information systems and technology

Week 2

  • Using scenario planning to test a future distribution network
  • The driving forces and focal issue of the scenario
  • Testing the validity of a future distribution network using scenario matrix of uncertainty

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Investigate a future distribution network by assessing customer/supplier location, level of quality to be maintained, mode of operation and level of information system integration
  • Justify how scenario planning can be used to model a future distribution network
  • Apply scenario planning to test a future distribution network
  • Explore the validity of a future distribution network, developed using scenario planning
  • Assess other simulation or scenario tools that can be used to model a future distribution network

Who is the course for?

This course is for business professionals aiming to improve their logistics, supply chain or distribution skills. It is aimed at anyone looking to distinguish between the different operators within a global distribution network.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Nick Wright is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a Fellow of the CILT with over 30 years' experience in global logistics senior management roles in Europe and the USA.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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