Courses

Logistics Training Center develops and presents cost-effective online courses devoted to helping practitioners become more knowledgeable about the importance and application of logistics in today’s economy.

The purpose of these courses is to broaden the user’s knowledge so as to advance their career in logistics.

Courses

Logistics Training Center develops and presents cost-effective online courses devoted to helping practitioners become more knowledgeable about the importance and application of logistics in today’s economy. The purpose of these courses is to broaden the user’s knowledge so as to advance their career in logistics.

Pricing

General courses are $595, unless otherwise noted. There is a $100 discount for veterans and students with a .edu email account.

We also offer discounts to groups, companies and organizations purchasing for multiple students. Please contact us directly if you are interested in getting information on corporate and group prices or to receive your discount code if you are a student or veteran.

To receive your discount code, you must be authenticated as a Veteran or Student.

SMC3 logo

SMCLTL Courses are $695 each.

We offer an SMC3 Member discount of $200 per course, as well as a Veteran and Student discount of $100 per course.

To receive your discount code, you must be authenticated as a Member, Veteran, or Student.

Pricing

General courses are $595, unless otherwise noted. There is a $100 discount for veterans and students with a .edu email account.

We also offer discounts to groups, companies and organizations purchasing for multiple students. Please contact us directly if you are interested in getting information on corporate and group prices or to receive your discount code if you are a student or veteran.

SMC3 logo

SMCLTL Courses are $695 each.

We offer an SMC3 Member discount of $200 per course, as well as a Veteran and Student discount of $100 per course.

To receive your discount code, you must be authenticated as a Member, Veteran, or Student.

100 Series

Transportation Series (Available starting in 2019 and more in 2020)

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor: Karl Manrodt, PhD

Introduction to Transportation is a course for new industry professionals seeking to gain a working knowledge of industry terminology, common practices and many key functions. It is meant as a survey course briefly touching on people, processes and technologies one is likely to encounter in moving freight. The course will cover the transportation modes of Highway, Rail, Air, Pipeline and Marine.

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor: William Pugh, Esq.

An introduction to the US and International Laws that impact domestic and international transportation by surface and air modes. Emphasis is on US law with reference to various modes with a historic context beginning with interstate commerce and incorporating international laws and regulations impacting global shippers and carriers.

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor: TBA

There are many types of truckload freight services. Like any business that is a going concern, all costs related to providing the transportation service must be covered.  This course will explore the variable/ fixed costs and marketing theories involved in pricing for truckload profit.

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructors: Karl B Manrodt, PhD and Peter D Moore, MBA CLM

This course briefly reviews the historic development of contracts of carriage and documentation and then focuses on the transition to new collaborative contracting methods based upon the research at the University of Tennessee in performance based logistics and “vested” methodologies.

$495 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor: Joseph Tillman, MBA IATA

This course is designed help employers meet their responsibilities in providing adequate training for HazMat Employees per HazMat Regulations 49 CFR 172.704. This course is geared towards shippers and carriers of hazardous materials to provide general awareness, function specific, safety and general security awareness training.

All students must successfully past the course exam with a 70% or better to be provided a certificate of completion as a part of their employer-mandated HazMat certification process.

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor: TBA

This course will provide participants with a working knowledge of the elements, value proposition and state of the art in the variety of solutions referred to as Transportation Management Systems or TMS. The course will address processes, skills and technologies in TMS and how this impacts service and cost elements in Logistics.  The course is aimed at individuals and teams needing to evaluate domestic and international TMS products and processes in a commercial environment.

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor:  TBA

Transportation Managers who find themselves with rail buying responsibilities often make the mistake of assuming it is much like truck or marine businesses. Since deregulation in the 1980’s railroads have developed data – rich analytical approached to their own operations and the operations and markets of their customers. This course will provide an orientation to buyers on how the railroads look at your business and the impact of equipment, competition and location on the rail contracting process.

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor: TBA

Most Air and Parcel freight contracting overlaps with other modes of transportation pricing however there is a uniquely international basis in pricing models and processes. Service level and capacity usage are as critical as weight. This course provides operational perspectives on how shippers fit into air freight and parcel networks and how route selection can cause significant differences in cost and performance. Particular emphasis on last-mile developments and international services.

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor: TBA

The planning for and executing the transport of goods via ocean is a uniquely complicated process that requires knowledge of carrier operations, ports, regulations, chartering or booking and the various players such as financial institutions, forwarders and customs agents. This course introduces the many elements in a systematic, step by step approach for shipper and carrier personnel entering the international bulk and container marine freight market.

$595 ($100 off .edu or vet)

Instructor:   TBA

This course is specifically designed for those aspiring to leadership positions in transportation management as a shipper, carrier or 3PL. The course elements include skills and knowledge needed, diversity and culture that impact the successful transportation operation. Techniques in project management as well as organizational agility are explained. The vectors of people, process and technology drive a progression through basic supervision of daily task to development of leading edge, data- driven excellence.

200 Series

SMC3 LTL Certification Program

Courses can be taken for full certification (pre-requisite approval required) or for general knowledge (no pre-approval necessary).

First Certification Exam will be in 2020.

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SPECIAL RATE $520! (reg $695) for non-members.
Non-members automatically get discount.

SMC³ MEMBER RATE $371! (reg $495)
Use Code SMC3LIVE at checkout

The first course in SMC³’s five course LTL certification series. Fundamentals of LTL is designed and written by LTL professionals for both other LTL professionals and for persons new to the industry. Take the first step to navigate the complex world of less-than-truckload operations with course 201. Written for practical application to real-world LTL, the 8-hour, 8 module course lays the first brick in your foundation for succeeding in 21st century LTL.

THIS IS THE LIVE SESSION VERSION. You will be registered within the course to take part in live video seminars given by experts. Dates and topics below:

July 15 | “Career Insight with SMC³’s Brian Thompson” – 1pm (45 minutes)
July 22 | “LTL from Origins to Basics” – 1pm (2 hours)
July 29 | “LTL’s Road to Pricing & Revenue” – 1pm (2 hours)
Aug 5 | “Covid-19, LTL, and You”- 1pm (2 hours)

Guest speakers include:
Brian Thompson, Chief Commercial Officer, SMC³
Barry Blakely, VP of Operations, Averitt Express Lines
Kevin Housley, Carrier Relations Manager LTL, JB Hunt
Clete Cordero, Director of Pricing, Southeastern Freight Lines
Webb Estes, VP Process Improvement, Estes Express Line
General Stephen Rutner, US Army Reserve
Greg West, Vice President, C.H. Robinson
Jason Burns, President, QCS Logistics

$695 ($200 off for SMC³ Members)

Instructor: Peter Moore, MBA CLM

Designed and written by LTL professionals for LTL professionals, SMC³’s “Fundamentals of Less-than-Truckload” course is the perfect introductory offering for anyone desiring to take their first step to navigate the complex world of less-than-truckload operations. Written for practical application to real-world LTL, the 8-hour, 8 module course lays the first brick in your foundation for succeeding in 21st century LTL.

You’ll gain vital insight into:

  • The history and evolution of the U.S. LTL industry;
  • Common LTL terminology;
  • The key players and their roles comprising the LTL space;
  • Defining Carrier Types and their relevance to LTL;
  • Differentiating between National and Regional carrier roles and their geographic footprints;
  • An explanation of the LTL shipping process from start to finish, particularly the LTL carrier’s role, and what to reasonably expect from the process;
  • Defining & suggesting best practices for packaging, stackability, and stowability;
  • Simple steps and suggestions for communicating effectively with your LTL partner;
  • Factors influencing “shipper and carrier of choice” designations;
  • LTL’s economic impact;
  • Trends and Issues reshaping LTL.

$695 ($200 off for SMC³ Members)

Instructor: Peter Moore MBA CLM

Designed and written by LTL professionals for LTL professionals, SMC³’s “LTL Operations” course examines the essentials of LTL from four critical areas: Equipment, Facilities, Network & Technology. Whether working hands-on in a terminal environment or driving LTL business decisions as a shipper or a 3PL, we’ve developed this 8-hour, 8-module course to empower logistics and supply chain professionals to speak the language of LTL with a high level of confidence.

You’ll gain vital insight into:

  • Defining LTL industry functions;
  • Key operational roles inside and outside the terminal’s gates;
  • Identifying truck types, trailers and terminal handling equipment;
  • Matching pallet size with freight dimensions;
  • Exploring LTL Network Models;
  • LTL Networks – the process from pick-up to delivery;
  • A crossdock’s purpose and how it works; Defining freight consolidation and deconsolidation;
  • Common accessorial services;
  • Understanding transportation characteristics;
  • Achieving shipper-carrier efficiency gains;
  • Avoiding cross-border LTL challenges;
  • Understanding on-dock weighing & dimensioning equipment technology, types, processes, and procedures;
  • Utilizing dimensioning technology to improve accuracy of dimensions;
  • The power of the TMS in LTL;
  • Loading sequence and technology solutions;
  • The procurement process and technology solutions for conducting a bid;
  • LTL goes Mobile – advancements and practical applications for mobile app technology;
  • Harnessing the power of LTL Big Data for better business decisions;
  • Technology solutions for pricing management and carrier costing.

$695 ($200 off for SMC³ Members)

Instructor: John Mascaritolo, MBA

Designed and written by LTL professionals for LTL professionals, SMC³’s “LTL Carrier Pricing & Costing” course examines the complexities of LTL pricing and costing models. Laying out the processes, formulas, and determining factors engaged by LTL pricing and costing professionals, we’ve developed this 8-hour, 8-module course to provide logistics and supply chain professionals with the necessary insight and knowledge to understand how rates are calculated, to seek favorable rates, and to save transportation dollars.

You’ll gain vital insight into:

  • The fundamentals and key factors driving LTL carrier pricing;
  • Exploring LTL pricing models;
  • Identifying pricing formats;
  • Understanding the basics behind carrier revenue generation;
  • Examples for pricing a shipment;
  • Discounting;
  • Absolute minimum charges;
  • Accessorial charges;
  • The basics of classification – The role of the NMFTA in determining freight class;
  • Why an NMFC and its key components;
  • The Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB);
  • The case for density-based pricing;
  • Can class and density-based pricing co-exist;
  • Explaining and calculating the fuel surcharge;
  • Understanding base rates and determining gross rates;
  • Exploring LTL carrier costing models and cost drivers;
  • Freight cost factors;
  • Trends in LTL carrier costing;
  • Types of costs;
  • Operating ratios;
  • Understanding FAKs and their purpose;
  • Managing the Weighing & Inspection, or W&I process;
  • W&I – The consequences for incorrect weight and class;

$695 ($200 off for SMC³ Members)

Instructors: Peter D. Moore, MBA CLM, and William Pugh, Esq.

Designed and written by regulatory and transportation contract professionals for LTL professionals, SMC³’s “U.S. Transportation Regulatory Law & Transportation Contract Law” course explores regulatory origins and laws governing transportation, as well as how to construct, analyze and negotiate a transportation contract. We’ve developed this 8-hour, 8-module course to provide logistics and supply chain professionals with the history, knowledge and resources to identify and minimize legal risks when operating and negotiating in an LTL environment.

You’ll gain vital insight into:

  • Provides an in-depth history and analysis of the various sources and principles of U.S. laws governing and impacting over-the-road transport of LTL freight;
  • Understanding the Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMCSA), its mission, how it’s organized, and how it influences regulatory matters impacting LTL;
  • Exploring hazardous materials regulation;
  • Guidelines and suggestions for mastering an effective bill of lading;
  • Understanding Hours of Service regulation;
  • Managing risk and liability in an LTL environment;
  • Managing loss and damage claims;
  • Insight into freight liability insurance;
  • Types of contracts & provisions;
  • How carriers contract with customers;
  • How shippers and 3PLs contract with carriers;
  • An overview of sample agreements between carriers and shippers;
  • Access to a blank industry standard LTL freight transportation contract;
  • How to conduct a contract review;
  • Specialized provisions;
  • Avoiding common issues and problematic terminology;
  • Common legal terminology;
  • Ranking negotiating priorities;
  • Negotiating roles;
  • Examples of real-world litigation.

$695 ($200 off for SMC³ Members)

Instructors: Alan Johnson, MLSCM, John Mascaritolo, MBA, and Maggie Stougher, MLSCM

LTL 205 is a capstone course designed to help students transition from theory and best practices to real-world LTL. From operational to financial analytics, LTL 205 is designed to give students hands-on experience and skill sets they can transfer to their LTL careers. Through an individual assigned project students are asked to demonstrate that they have mastered the basics of LTL by addressing a problem and creating a proposed solution.

This course will include insight into:

  • Producing and interpreting cost and revenue analytics;
  • Building and utilizing pricing tables;
  • Identifying and collecting data;
  • Cost and service metrics;
  • Identifying carrier service opportunities;
  • Enterprise use of Transportation data;
  • Value add for 3PLs in BI for customers
  • Differentiating and applying Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics to LTL;
  • Benchmarking carrier operations to the marketplace – The National Traffic Database (NTD);
  • Data and analytics technology solution trends.

Participants need to have a working knowledge of Excel.

300 Series

International Logistics (Available starting Fall 2020)

Instructor:  TBA

This course builds on Courses 108 and 109 by expanding knowledge of the international freight and logistics services marketplace. The course introduces key players and their roles in the logistics functions of distribution, 3rd Party services, contract manufacturing, order management and international forwarding.  Students will learn of trends in the market and the impact of trade and tariff rues on commerce.

Instructor: TBA

Part 1 of a 16-hour program in the details of laws, regulations, processes and practices in importing into the United States.  The course has a practical operations focus to enable students to begin practicing what they learn on the job immediately.  Tools in forms and software are introduced.

Instructor: TBA

Part 2 of a 16-hour program in the details of laws, regulations, processes and practices in importing into the United States. The course has a practical operations focus to enable students to begin practicing what they learn on the job immediately. Tools in forms and software are introduced.

Instructor:  TBA

This course provides a practical grounding for exporting products in compliance with US and foreign country regulations. From harmonized codes to customs requirements to State Department restrictions are presented with resources for determining specific requirements for the student’s business. Software options and 3rd Party services are illustrated with contact information.

Instructor:  Joseph Tillman, MBA

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has established a unique guide for ocean shipping of Dangerous Goods (Hazardous Materials). The US DOT has overlapping requirements that marine shippers need to be familiar with under Regulations 49 CFR 172.704. This course follows the IMO Guide and draws comparisons with US rules.

Instructor: TBA

Whether you’re engaged in price modeling or benchmarking, or utilizing predictive analytics to forecast carrier revenue streams, this 8-hour, 8-module course provides information essential for carriers, shippers and 3PLs operating internationally.

This course will include insight into Producing and interpreting cost and revenue analytics; Building and utilizing pricing tables; Identifying and collecting data; Cost and service metrics; Identifying carrier service/routing opportunities; Differentiating and applying Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics to transportation and warehousing; Data and analytics technology solution trends and examples.

400 Series

Inventory and Warehousing Operations (Available starting Fall 2020)

Instructor:  Joseph Tillman, MBA

This course based on Mr. Tillman’s research into best practices in warehousing presents a practical guide to set-up and operations of a facility.  The course is aimed at professionals with warehousing roles and those charged with re-engineering existing facilities to optimize performance.

Instructor: TBA

This course provides a working knowledge of the types of systems and software that drive performance in warehousing today including wave creation, labor management, shipping and receiving and key metrics reporting. Software requires good processes and the focus of the courses is on what actions are supported by best-in-class tools. Course is offered in combination with another 4-hour course at a single course rate.

This course provides students with an overview of the rapidly expanding 3rd party Logistics marketplace with illustration of the size and variation in service capabilities. Examples and links are provided as well as resources to aid in contracting and evaluating 3PLs that offer distribution services. Course is offered in combination with another 4-hour course at a single course rate.

Instructor: TBA

Recruiting and retaining the best labor is a uniquely difficult task in warehousing. This course focuses on the people, process and technology aspects of delivering excellence through a combination of tools and practices proven to be successful.

Instructor:  Joseph Tillman, MBA

Almost all receiving, storage and shipping operations have some level of exposure to products that are potentially harmful to employees. This course provides an overview of Right-to-Know laws and general requirements for employers to making information available through signage, documentation and training this 4-hour program is an optional companion to Course 105 on HazMat training.

500 Series

Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing (Available starting Spring 2021)

Instructor: TBA

This is a course covering the basics for buyers and sales professionals in the buy-sell process. The processes of Requirements gathering, team building, Request for Information (RFI), Requirements detailing, Request for Proposal, Submission of Proposals (RFP), evaluation stages, selection process, award and governance are covered with examples and additional resources.

Instructor:  Karl B Manrodt, PhD

Based upon his co-authored books on Vested Outsourcing and specifically geared to the logistics functions, Dr. Manrodt provides students with insight into the method and movement in collaborative contracting for logistics professionals. Resources are made available for win-win contracting and ongoing management of performance contracts. Recommended for buyers and sellers of logistics services.

Instructor:  TBA

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is fundamental to cross-functional coordination in product and services firms. This course provides a step by step process look at sales forecasting, inventory projections, production capabilities and logistics capacities and the balancing process for meeting customer demands. Students will be exposed to processes such as collaborative Planning and Forecasting (CPFR) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in use today.

Instructor:  TBA

Building on the 205 and 306 courses in analytics this course broadens the scope to include all aspects of Supply Chain Management.  Topics include Distribution Network Modeling, The Bull-Whip effect, Business Intelligence tools and techniques as well as trends in artificial intelligence supporting daily operational decision making. The course uses example cases requiring off-line work on spreadsheets and internet research. Example reporting at the executive level is used to aid skill development for aspiring managers.

900 Series

In-House Custom Courses

The Logistics Training Center develops and delivers either on-line or in-person customized courses in any of our catalog of courses to organizations seeking focused training specific to their operations.  LTC has trained hundreds of employees in these courses to-date from Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods to fundamentals in costs and pricing for analysts.

Contact the faculty or Peter Moore, Dean at peter.moore@logstudies.com (+1 843-422-8667).