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Distribution and Logistics

The logistic chain of transportation from producer to consumer

Distribution pertains to the flow from producer to consumer. The word refers to the activity of making products physically available for the market and customers.

The logistic transportation chain from producer to consumer is becoming ever more complex since more and more products are being manufactured based on customers’ wishes and delivered according to customers’ specifications.

This entails demands for fast and flexible transportation and logistics solutions but also puts focus on environmental aspects.

Objectives: The objective of this course is for you to understand the roll of the transportation function in the logistics chain.

The purpose is to provide you with a basic knowledge of the daily functions of a distribution system.

Participants: The course is for you, who work with transports, purchasing, distribution and inventories.

Qualifications: No previous knowledge is required, but it is preferable if you have some work experience.

Training Method: Distribution and Logistics is a Premium course and is studied over the internet via our e-learning platform Instant education. Read more about the training method E-learning - Premium courses.

Course Length: Approximately 20 hours active study time, depending on previous knowledge. Each student has access to the course for 6 months.

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Course contents:

Part 1


Description of the term distribution and what it entails.

The Functions of Distribution

Explanation of the various functions of distribution.

Distribution and Accessibility

The characteristics and design of distribution to make products physically available for the market.

Distribution Costs

The characteristics and design of distribution to make products physically available for the market.

Distribution and Sales Interface

The distribution system in many companies has several and strong links to the sales department.

The Importance of Distribution for Companies

The situation of the distribution function in a company.

Utility Values in Distribution

Terms within distribution that explains how value is added to a product.

Analysis of Distribution Structure

A company should perform a thorough needs inventory of the total distribution structure on a regular basis.

Distribution Management

In order to gain better control over their operations, one should recognize the importance of an integrated flow chain.

Distribution Terminals

The utilization of terminals in a distribution system.

Route Scheduling

Route scheduling enables deliveries to be made to several customers without needing to collect new goods for each customer.

Handling of Goods and Risk Planning

Having the right attitude towards the handling of goods can reduce the volume and frequency of damage to goods.

Part 2

Inventory Structure

How to choose between centralized and decentralized inventory structure.

Warehouse Location

Warehouse location is a joint designation for the activities involved in the long-term planning of a distribution system.

Distribution Channel Design

Explanation of the term distribution channel.

International Logistics

The global scale of companies’ operations has resulted in an international perspective in the construction of logistics systems.

Customer Service and Supply Service

Explanation of the terms customer service and supply service.

Market Analysis of Supply Service

Every customer has different service requirements, which complicates supply service.

Customer Service

In order to create satisfied and regular customers, it is of the utmost importance that the service meets the expectations that the customers have.

Transportation and Logistics

The areas of transportation and logistics are constantly developing.

Carriers and Forwarding Agents

The difference between a carrier and a forwarding agent.

Products Offered by Transportation Companies

Transportation logistics can be understood to contain a series of service components.

Basic Transportation Engineering

Good skills in transportation engineering are important throughout the entire distribution chain.

Cooperation in the Distribution Channel

There are three types of cooperation between organizations in a distribution channel.

Storage and Distribution

Sometimes there are other parties besides producer and customer that handle logistics functions.

Delivery Terms

Introduction to delivery clauses and purchase agreements in the distribution chain.


Part 3

Packaging Logistics

Packaging and its system are important components in the logistics chain.

Logistics Functions of Packaging

A description of some of the logistics functions that affect an item of packaging.

Package Distribution Systems

A classification of distribution systems should be based on the system’s association with various types of damage or the risk thereof.

The Requirements on Packaging Design

The functions of packaging.

Making the Handling of Packaging More Efficient

Various demands that are placed on packaging in order to make its handling more efficient.

The Environmental Function of Packaging

It is important to study and analyze the effect that packaging has on the environment in order to find optimal packaging solutions.

Protecting Goods Inside the Packaging

In many cases it is not sufficient to create packaging that protects goods against external stresses.

Labeling of Goods

The labeling of goods facilitates an effective and safe handling.

Green Logistics

In green logistics, responsibility is also taken for what happens once the product has been used.

The Interplay between Logistics and the Environment

An environmental orientation is a means of competing that increases the awareness of resource consumption leading to lower costs.

Logistics Versus the Environment

Logistics versus the environment – are these opposing interests or not?

Reverse Logistics

Reverse logistics is the term for that area of green logistics concerned with the reverse flow of materials.

Reverse Logistics and the End Customer

The end consumer determines the prerequisites for what will happen in the flow of materials.

Requirements for Packaging Return Systems

As new return systems come into being, the authorities stipulate requirements for them.

The Structure of Return Systems

The structure of packaging return systems consists of several components.

Transportation and the Environment

Transportation affect the environment in three ways.

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