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Transportation and Distribution Planning

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Effective planning of transportation and distribution networks has become more complex. This change is driven by increasing customer requirements; the expansion of global sourcing, security, and regulatory requirements; volatile fuel costs; and more. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the strategic and tactical principles, practices, and tools required to address the cost, service, capacity, and carbon emissions trade-offs in domestic and international transportation.

What You Will Learn

  • Logistics costs, customer service levels, and carbon emissions
  • Transportation performance measurements and improvements
  • Transportation carriers operations and their impacts

How You Will Benefit

  • Develop transportation and distribution strategies to support business strategies.
  • Understand basic transportation physics throughout the supply chain.
  • Optimize last-mile and long-haul transportation planning.
  • Design supply-chain networks to optimize transportation costs and service.
  • Determine how to optimize routes and schedules.
  • Better manage total transportation spending.

Course Content


  • Delivery costs and strategies
  • Levels of planning transportation and distribution technology


  • Long haul and international transportation
  • Carrier planning and management and impacts on shippers


  • Supply chain design strategy and technology



Who should attend

This course is designed for executives and managers who want to learn about designing and operating best-in-class transportation and distribution for their supply chain; supply-chain engineers and analysts; industrial engineers and systems analysts; supply-chain and logistics consultants; transportation managers and engineers; and operations managers of traffic, transportation, or warehousing.


Mr. Brown has over 30 years of experience in supply chain management operations and services as an operations manager, consultant, educator, and executive recruiter. Tim was appointed as Managing Director in the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL). SCL is a unit of Georgia ...
Chelsea C. White III is the Schneider National Chair in Transportation and Logistics and Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech​. His most recent research interests include analyzing the role of real-time information and enabling informati...
Alan Erera is the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and the UPS Professor of Logistics in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is also the faculty director for the M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering program and a co-director for Global Transporta...
Paul Griffin is an Adjunct Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Griffin’s research interests are in health and supply chain systems. His current research activities have focused on cost-effectiveness modeling of public health interv...
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