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Transport & Freight Management. Continuity or change

Freight management is critical in modern economies, especially given the variety of transportation methods and automation of freight activities. Freight transport is an essential aspect in business and trade, as it connects supply and demand, involves the movement of goods and product trade on a national or international scale. With the largest element of vehicle operator ownership in the band of 1-10 a greater preponderance of large scale contracts are going to larger fleets, is the industry realising the true benefits of scale? How is the industry in the future going to maximise utilisation, flexibility to deliver enhance service at reduced cost. If handling transportation is a substantial part of your business activities, this course is essential for you.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This course is designed as a 2 day interactive programme assessing the current trends, issues and concerns in the Transportation space and it will help both freight users and operators understand the crucial role played by transport management in the global movements of goods and materials. This course is deliberately interactive using round table discussions to encourage wider adoption of ideas, including the future use of technology and its role in distribution.

Who should attend?

Transport Managers, Transport Supervisors, Transport Schedulers, Purchasing Managers, Logistics Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Change Management Consultants Distribution Managers, Banks (advising the sector), Financial Houses / Capital Market analysis

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Evolution of Freight Transport
• What has really changed over the past 25 years
• Transport Management – Historic assessment
• Industry Demands
• Size and scale of the UK’s Transport Industry 

Competitive Pressures in Transport Management
How does the pressures on carriers and shippers compare:
• Evaporating Margins
• Complex Administration
• Weak Technology
• Multiple POD Management
• Shippers and 3PLS how do they work
• Need to grow
• Need to Control
• Need to Lower Cost
Exercise 1: Discussion real time challenges 

Environment Trends. How green are we becoming – Challenge the concept
Notwithstanding the ability for large retailers to move full loads, the trend of small orders and multiple deliveries impacts on the environmental gains
• Green Agenda
• Consolidation Centres
• Fuel Efficiency
• Collaboration
• Commercial Considerations
• Scheduling, Load Boards, Freight Brokerage
Exercise 2: Discussion on how it is working for you 

Technology Trends. What are they, and do they deliver?
ITC is rapidly developing is the industry realising the benefits:
• PDA’s
• Telematics
• SaaS
Exercise 3: Discussion Real Time Frustrations 

Human Dimension Managing the Stress and Philosophy.
Even with impressive ITC it is still a people business. Phones, faxes, e-mails, text, operational failures, real time demands provides a toxic for a working environment. How can we manage this better?
• Human Context
• ITC cannot keep up with the constant Change
• Assets and loads can disappear
• Anybody can schedule
• It will always be reactionary
• Over dependence on key people
Exercise 4: Discussion on how you can identify with this 

Integrating Transport Management. TMS – A new Perspective
The need to move from simple scheduling to a more dynamic process in order to drive efficiencies and effectiveness is being aided by improved technology, but at what cost:
• Simple Scheduling replaced by dynamic scheduling
• Cloud base Technology – right goods at the right place at the right time, can cloud be the answer
• Can old institutional barriers accommodate the change to adopt to what is now required
• Will we now see true collaboration based on commercial need
• Web base universal access
• Control tower how do you get there
Exercise 5: Discussion how are you doing it and are there barriers to change 

Future Landscape. How will Transport Management develop over the next 10 years. Continuity and Change. Are two constant features of the industry over the past 25 years, it will continue. But what the likely developments
• Control Tower applications – is the answer
• Multi-Agent optimiser requirements
• Real time multi agent interaction
• Integrating operational elements in real time
• Using simple technology effectively
Exercise 6: Discussion on how you are applying new technology 

Today Real Time Issues – What is the way forward
The industry has shown acceptance to change but what is needed to be adapted to provide an economical model for the flexible demands of a socially integrated consumer base, requiring flexible 24/7/365 service
• How will 3/4PL Operators adapt
• Can the payment cycle be continually extended
• Will knowledge capital now predominate
• Will SaaS and IaaS become the norm
• Will the smaller Hauliers be embraced under the collaborative umbrella
Exercise 7: Discussion. Open Forum

Benefits to you

• Gaining wider knowledge of the Transportation Sector and its commercial practices
• Developing a greater understanding of ITC deployed in Transport Offices, Vehicles
• Getting greater awareness of how collaboration works in Transport Management – will it work for your business?
• Understanding the benefits of scale and is it right for your business, how could it be adopted by your business
• Understanding the benefits of the small haulier –is this an asset under utilised
• Learning how to apply intuitive planning on to established technology platforms
• Investigating market driven needs in supply – Continuity or Change
• Acquiring greater Knowledge Management for future strategic planning
• Peer group networking, you are not alone (same problems, different operator)

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

Please contact our office at +44 203 002 3057 for any additional information about the course

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