Transportation Operations and Sourcing

Acquire foundational understanding, learn common terminology, and discover methods to effectively manage and optimize transportation operations. Learn how to analyze freight needs and competitively source carriers and third-party providers to improve service levels and reduce transportation costs.

Short Course

Transportation Operations and Sourcing

Overview

Acquire foundational understanding, learn common terminology, and discover methods to effectively manage and optimize transportation operations. Learn how to analyze freight needs and competitively source carriers and third-party providers to improve service levels and reduce transportation costs.

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At University Park

2-day Short Course

Fees$ 2,150

$ 2,600 w/lodging + meals (Discounts Available)

StartMay 19, 2020

EndMay 20, 2020

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Customization of this program or unique custom learning solutions also available!

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T: 800-311-6364

Who Should Attend

  • This introductory program is for managers and directors who are new to the transportation field, new to managing transportation-related staff, or anyone looking to brush up on current transportation issues and strategies.
    • Purchasing and Inventory Manager
    • Contracting Officer
    • S&OP Manager
    • Strategic Sourcing Director

Program Benefits

  • Improve your ability to effectively:
    • Discuss the importance of transportation in the supply chain
    • Explain the dynamic environment of the transportation industry including economic and regulatory issues
    • Decide what modal options make the most sense for your company and its products
    • Explain how carriers price their service
    • Negotiate and arrange for your freight needs to lower costs and increase service

Note to Government Professionals: This program fulfills much of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) required for Senior Executive Service.

Program Content

  • 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)
    • Railroad
    • Ocean/International
  • Methods to Manage Transportation Operations
  • Technologies to Help Optimize Transportation
  • 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 a Request for Information (RFI) and what is included?
    • What is a Request for Proposal (RFP) and what is included?
    • How to evaluate responses
    • Comparing “apples to apples” in responses and rates
The strategies for doing RFP's and general market conditions were both well explained and very useful for me.
Matthew Smith, Logistics Manager, North American Hoganas

Value For You and Your Organization

Transportation is one of the costliest and most volatile pieces of your supply chain. This course covers practical methods for best-practice management of your operations to: a) lower overall transportation costs or, b) maintain current rate levels in an increasing freight-cost environment.

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Pre-work

You'll have access to a personal learning portal where you will obtain pre-program assignments, travel support, and a list of fellow participants. Pre-work prepares you to immediately engage in content and learning when you arrive on campus.

Practical Content

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Peer Networking

You'll learn as much from your peer cohort as you do from the instructors! The value of different perspectives coming from different organizations and their challenges are immeasurable.

Faculty

Expert executive faculty who have led significant change within the private and public sectors will provide models and frameworks to help you transform vision into and action plan for results.

Additional Details

Our Learning Solutions Associate will be happy to hold a seat for you in this program. A reservation does not commit you to the program until you submit the registration form online.

Questions? Please call 800-311-6364 or 814-865-3435

  • Pricing
    • $ 2,150 covers tuition, materials, lunch, breaks, and the group dinner only (you are responsible for lodging, travel, "on your own" dinners)
    • $ 2,600 includes above plus meals and lodging at the Nittany Lion Inn or The Penn Stater (you are responsible for travel)
  • 20% Off Course Registration Fees
    • Active Military Personnel
    • Penn State Alumni
    • Teams of three or more attending this program from one company.

After you register, you will receive an email including information on accessing your personal learning portal where you will obtain your pre-program assignments, travel coordination and support, and a list of program faculty and fellow participants also registered for the program.

Pre-work prepares you to immediately engage in content and learning when you arrive on campus.

Penn State University Park campus is located in State College, Pa. and is served by the University Park Airport (SCE).

For our guests in the meals and lodging plan, we will arrange shuttle service to and from the airport located five miles from campus, and you will be staying at either the Nittany Lion Inn or The Penn Stater. Once you've arrived on campus, all activities will be within a short walking distance. Parking is available and included for those driving.

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Transfers, Refunds, Withdrawals

If an accepted Penn State Executive Programs applicant finds it necessary to transfer to another session of the same program, one transfer will be allowed with no charge if arranged more than six (6) weeks prior. Additional transfers, transfers to a different program, or transfers arranged less than six (6) weeks prior incur a charge of 10% of the current program fee.

The sponsoring company may identify a replacement, but the replacement candidate must be accepted for the program through an admissions review.

  • The following refunds will apply for withdraws if Penn State Executive Programs is notified in writing within the time period stated:
    • Full refund with notification received more than six (6) weeks prior to start of the program
    • 50% refund with notification received between two (2) and six (6) weeks before the start of the program.
    • No refund with notification received two (2) weeks or less prior to the start of program.

Note: The registered participant or their agent must confirm all notification of withdrawals, transfers and substitutions in writing. If written notification is not received, the full program fee will be assessed.

Cancellations

The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges by airlines or travel agencies. In the case of postponement, as an alternative to a refund, program fees may be transferred to another session of that program.

If you have any questions or concerns about our cancellation policy, please contact us to discuss further.