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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHi. My name is Gwynne Richards. I am an associate lecturer here at the University of Warwick and also a supply chain consultant. Logistics is all about the physical movement and storage of goods. So this week, we're going to look at how product is moved, the different modes of transport that we use to transport goods around the world and also, we're going to take a look into some of the warehouses that are used for the storage and dispatch of goods. We're also going to look at the challenges that companies face in terms of their logistics and also look at the innovations that those companies are bringing into logistics in order to overcome those challenges.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsLearners will have a greater appreciation of the role of logistics within the supply chain. They'll see all the different modes of transportation that are used to transfer goods throughout the world, and also, all of the new technology that's being introduced into both warehousing and transportation. We'll also look at how we can overcome some of the challenges that face companies, especially in the area of e-commerce. During this week, we're going to have a look at the definition and the history of logistics. We're going to see who invented the shipping container, which revolutionised the movement of goods globally.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsWe're then going to go on and look at transport and warehousing and then discuss the challenges that are facing companies in terms of logistics today. We'll also finally look at the innovations that these companies are introducing to overcome some of those challenges. Finally, we'll have a look at other areas of logistics, such as 3D printing, which could potentially do away with warehouses altogether. There are a number of questions that we pose throughout the week and a number of discussion areas that we'd like learners to take part in. We want the learners to bring in their own experiences and expertise into the discussions and hopefully help others then get a greater appreciation of logistics.

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 secondsI hope you enjoy the course and look forward to hearing about your experiences and seeing the discussions.

Welcome to Week 5

During this week we are going to discuss logistics and its role within the supply chain.

This week your tutor is Gwynne Richards. Gwynne has over thirty years’ experience in warehouse management and logistics, and is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Warwick.

He founded his own logistics consultancy and training company in 2003. Gwynne produces and runs Warehouse Management and Transport courses on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Singapore Institute of Management, The University of Westminster and The University of Warwick where he is a module tutor for the Masters course in Supply Chain.

His book on Warehouse Management was published in 2011 by Kogan Page and has sold over 9,000 copies worldwide. A second book on Logistics and supply chain tools was published in October 2013 and a second edition of Warehouse Management was released in June 2014.

How does this week fit into the overall course?

Logistics is all about the physical aspects of the supply chain. Where we store the goods and how we transport them from place to place.

What will learners be able to do differently at the end this week?

Learners will have a greater understanding of the logistics processes and the challenges facing companies today from e-commerce and the pressure to be more environmentally friendly. These can be very conflicting areas. We will also look at how companies try to overcome these challenges.

How is the week structured?

This week covers an aspect of logistics such as its history, modes of transportation, what warehouses do and how companies are innovating.

How would you like learners to engage?

Each step has either videos or articles which we suggest the learners read and view. We then ask that they get involved in the discussion topics that we have introduced. They may need to do some additional research to get more information.

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Supply Chains in Practice: How Things Get to You

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