Course CodeBBS212
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn to better manage the Supply Chain

Logistics is a vital part of any company where goods or services need to be transferred from one place to another, this affects many different types of companies. This can be on a:

  • Local
  • National or
  • International

playing field. So, this is applicable to businesses who are both large and small. Having an efficient and effective supply chain will help to:

  • Improve business efficiency
  • Avoid wastage
  • Ensure smooth operations

All of which will impact on the money that a business will make, or lose. 

This course is ideal for:

  • Business owners, managers, project managers, supervisors, marketing professionals – in all and any industries. Trainee supply officers, stock managers, buyers and sellers.
  •  Retailers, warehouse workers seeking promotion or career development. 
  •  Fleet management staff
  •  Students, academics, teachers, trainees, careers advisors or anyone else with an interest in the subject.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Nature and Scope of Logistics Management
    • Introduction to logistics
    • Inbound logistics
    • Outbound logistics
    • Logistics or supply chain management
    • Goals and objectives of logistics
    • Increased efficiency
    • Responding efficiency
    • Reducing unexpected events
    • Keeping inventory to a minimum
    • Just-in-time inventory management
    • Transport cost reduction
    • Improving quality
    • Supply chain channels
    • Direct & indirect channels
    • Types of distribution channel
    • Choosing the best distribution channel?
    • Nature of the product
    • Value of product
    • Target market
    • Legal requirements
    • Competitor activities
    • How e-commerce has altered supply chain management, logistics & business
    • Changes globally
  2. Logistics – Strategies and Operations
    • Logistics
    • Strategies and operations
    • Decisions within logistics
    • Customer service
    • Logistics network design
    • Vertical integration vs outsourcing
    • Vertical integration
    • Outsourcing
    • Developing a logistics strategy
    • Components of logistics strategy
    • Designing a logistics strategy
    • Implementing logistic strategies in strategic planning
    • Developing a strategic plan
    • Identifying a key strategic focus
    • Using kaizen as a business strategy
  3. Procurement
    • The procurement cycle
    • A focus on tendering
    • Procurement – raw materials
    • Forecasting
    • Monitoring supplier performance
    • What needs to be monitored?
    • Evaluate supplier performance
    • Challenges around procurement
    • Risk mitigation
    • Reputation
    • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
    • Sustainability
    • What is a green strategy?
    • What do companies need to consider?
  4. Warehousing and Storage
    • What is a warehouse?
    • The purpose of a warehouse
    • Activities required in warehouses
    • Advantages of warehousing
    • Types of warehouses
    • Private
    • Public warehouses
    • Bonded storage
    • Co-operative warehouses
    • Distribution warehouse
    • A focus on drop shipping & warehousing
    • Warehousing management systems
    • How does a WMS work?
    • Case study: Amazon
    • Technology affecting warehousing
    • Big data
    • Robotics and autonomous machines
    • Blockchain, tech networks and the cloud
    • Customer service in warehousing
    • Warehouse regulation
  5. Materials
    • Introduction to materials in logistics
    • Types of materials
    • Material handling
    • Designing a material handling system
    • Material handling equipment
    • Bulk material handling
    • Engineered systems
    • Industrial trucks
    • Storage and handling equipment
    • Packaging
    • Containers
    • Pallets
    • Materials used for shipping
    • Ethical issues and sustainability
    • Ethical sourcing of materials
    • Reusing materials
    • Ethical packaging
  6. Transport and delivery
    • Transportation management
    • Modes of transport
    • Road transportation – truck freight
    • Marine transportation – ship
    • Case study: the Suez Canal obstruction
    • Rail transportation – train
    • Air transportation – plane
    • Intermodal transport
    • Delivery scheduling
    • The importance of a good schedule
  7. Inventory management
    • Types of inventories
    • How inventory is planned & controlled
    • Planning approaches
    • Challenges with inventory planning
    • Inaccurate or incomplete data
    • Multiple locations
    • Insufficient order management
    • Human error
    • Software & systems
    • Automated store ordering
    • Robotic stock handling
    • Blockchain
    • Supply and demand
    • Sensitivity analysis
    • Review systems
    • Vendor managed inventory
    • Case study: toilet paper during covid
    • Case study: impact of semiconductor shortage on car manufacturing
  8. Risk management – health & safety issues, legislation
    • Health & safety: warehousing
    • Slips, trips, and falls
    • Vehicles in and around the warehouse
    • Dangerous goods
    • Employee stress & management
    • The positive side of stress
    • The negative side of stress
    • Chain of responsibility
    • Risks in logistics
    • What is risk?
    • How to mitigate risk
    • Evaluating risks
    • Time frames
    • Legalities
    • Strategies
    • How to react: processes to mitigate risk
    • Tools
  9. Supply chain dynamics
    • Predicting change – is it possible?
    • Types of change in a business
    • Identifying problems
    • Planning for change
    • Organisational change management
    • Choosing the right behaviour change intervention
    • Step 1 involves identifying the behaviour
    • Step 2 involves identifying the most valuable intervention option(s)
    • Step 3 involves identifying and conducting policy change
    • Behaviour change techniques
    • Reverse logistics
    • Returns
    • Reselling
    • Repairs
    • Recycling
    • Replacement
    • Obsolescence
    • Traceability
    • Mapping
    • Transparency
    • Building a better supply chain
    • Future technology
    • Artificial intelligence (AI)
    • Drone technology
    • Robotics
    • Advances in ecommerce
    • Drop shipping
    • Outsourcing
    • Track and trace
  10. Problem based learning (PBL) project
    • Logistics plan for organic energy
    • Your logistics plan
    • Presentation component


  • Discuss the nature and scope of logistics management.
  • Develop strategies for improving business operations.
  • Apply logistics to more effective procurement.
  • Apply logistics to more effective warehousing.
  • Determine and manage appropriate materials to use for different scenarios.
  • Compare transport and delivery options for different goods and services.
  • Determine appropriate inventory management for different business or organisational contexts.
  • Formulate a risk management strategy for supply of good or services in an organisation or business.
  • Predict changes that may impact supply within a business or organisation and develop appropriate responses to change.
  • Develop a logistics plan for a company manufacturing, selling, and distributing a product.


Logistics refers to the coordination and processes involved in moving resources from one place to another. The resources can include materials, people, equipment, and inventory. There is often a mix of resources being moved. Depending on the size of the business, and the scope of the product or service offering, logistics can be a very complex process with specific departments created to manage it. Without appropriate resource and logistics management, challenges will appear. For smaller businesses, unable to allocate budget for logistics, a logistics manager (or the business owner) will need to oversee this process.

Inbound Logistics
This is one of the primary processes of logistics, it focusses on purchasing resources - usually materials, parts and inventory which requires finishing. These resources are then moved from supplier to warehouse, assembly plants or retail outlets. Inbound logistics focusses on bringing raw materials together for assembly prior to sale such as car parts that are delivered to an automotive plant for assembly.

Outbound Logistics
This can relate to either the movement of a final product to a retail outlet or to a storage facility e.g., warehousing. Once the product is off the production line, the outbound logistics process works on ensuring that it reaches the end user.


There are lots of reasons why you should sign up to do this course with us, including:

  • The course is detailed to ensure that you have the level of knowledge required to apply the practices in the work place and make your business more effective and efficient
  • Within each lesson you have the opportunity to apply your learning to activities which enables you to practice different concepts 
  • Knowledge of these key areas will enable you to stand out from other applicants when it comes to applying for jobs, it will also give you greater confidence
  • Supply chains are key to many sectors, knowledge of this will enable you to work in many different industries and business types, giving you flexibility now and in the future
  • Our subject specialist tutors will be there to support you throughout your course, they are only too happy to share their industry knowledge and experience with you
  • When studying with us you set your own deadlines, meaning you study at your own pace enabling it to fit around other commitments


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