Weekly study10 hours
Operational Management of Transport Assets and Distribution Networks
Assess different modes of transport and operational distribution assets
Throughout the course, we’ll examine different modes of transport, spanning air, land and sea, and study the most relevant defining characteristics of each, for example, how air and sea transport require only terminals to load and unload goods, while land transport requires tracks and vehicles.
We’ll also look in detail at different distribution assets, including terminals and warehouses, and learn how these facilitate the intermodal transfer of goods between modes of transport.
- Different modes of air, land and water-based transport
- How tracks and roads limit rail and road transport and ports and airports confine shipping and air routes
- Key global infrastructure features of air, rail, road and water transport
- Evaluation of modal choice and how to select transport modes for a global route
- Utilisation of assets, including ports, airports, distribution buildings, terminals and warehouses
- Load configurations for different modes and the quality of available logistics services
- ISO containers, intermodal equipment and assets used to change modes at terminals
- Assessment of locations of container ports, airports, rail terminals and warehouses
- Intermodal market segments and interaction with other modes
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...
- Recognise and assess different modes of transport
- Describe intermodal transport method
- Identify and evaluate different intermodal assets such as ISO containers, swap bodies and intermodal trailers
- Evaluate the different modes to enable optimum modal selection
- Identify key distribution assets, including ports, airports, warehouses, transit depots and consolidation centres
- Outline key methods of road transport operation
- Recognise the structure of shipping industry
- Identify key global shipping lanes
- Identify key features of air cargo
- Assess different air cargo providers, routes and cargo types
- Discuss the global structure of rail freight assets
- Identify where rail and shipping fits in the intermodal chain
Who is the course for?
This course is for business professionals aiming to improve their logistics, supply chain or distribution skills. It is designed to help anyone looking to examine and judge which transport modes need to be developed within a global distribution network at both an operational and strategic level. People completing this course would typically be employed at a global manufacturer, retailer or shipper, or could be working with a logistics provider or consultancy.
Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.