Transportation Operations and Sourcing
A joint venture with Smeal College of Business' Center for Supply Chain Research. Cosponsored by the
This program offers the foundational understanding to manage transportation operations. Participants learn common terminology, methods to effectively manage transportation operations, source carriers, and third party providers to reduce transportation cost and maintain or increase service levels.
Who Should Attend
Transportation Operations and Sourcing is designed for those new to the transportation field or new to supervising people in the transportation field. In addition, anyone looking to brush up on current transportation issues and strategies will benefit. This would include analysts as well as transportation managers and non-transportation personnel interested in learning more about the largest cost area in supply chain management.
Upon completion of Transportation Operations and Sourcing, you will have gained the knowledge to:
- Discuss the importance of transportation in the supply chain—the second largest expense in a supply chain after cost of goods sold
- Explain the dynamic environment of the transportation industry including economic and regulatory issues
- Show what modal options make the most sense for your company and its products
- Explain how carriers price their service
- Better negotiate and arrange for your freight needs to lower costs and increase service
Trends in Transportation
- Domestic transportation
- Economic trends and issues
- Legislative/Regulatory trends and issues
- Global transportation
Transportation Modes and Background
- Parcel and air
- Truckload (TL)
- Less Than Truckload (LTL)
Methods to manage transportation operations
Technologies to help optimize transportation
Types of transportation pricing
- Demystifying transportation pricing
- Components of transportation cost
- How carriers approach the bidding process
The RFI and RFP Processes
- Identification of potential providers
- What is an RFI and what is included?
- What is an RFP and what is included?
- How to evaluate responses
- Comparing “apples to apples” in responses and rates
Value Created for You and Your Company
Transportation Operations and Sourcing will provide attendees with practical information to better manage transportation operations. Content will help lower transportation costs or help maintain current rate levels in an increasing freight cost environment.
Our programs are taught by world-class faculty leaders from Penn State, as well as supply chain professionals. Each instructor has an extensive background in research and consulting, and in educating executives. Each brings to the classroom best-practice tools and implementation processes for achieving world-class results.
Dr. Christopher D. Norek, Senior Partner, Chain Connectors, Inc. and Senior Instructor, Penn State
The program fee of $2,500 includes all instructional materials, private room accommodations, meals, break service, and access to recreational facilities. Association member pricing applies:
$2,400 for CSCMP members
$2,150 for CSCR corporate sponsors
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There is no prerequisite for attending any of these programs. An Executive Programs representative will be happy to help you select the appropriate program for your current level of responsibility.
This program is cosponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.