Logistics and Transportation

Jul 8, 2015, 17:28 PM
These educational activities meet UPPCC’s criteria for 'Continuing Education – Accredited'

Logistics and Transportation

Duration: 2-Day Course

**Check the Course Catalog for required attendee minimums

Contact Hours: 16 hours
CEU Units*: 1.5

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2 day courses:

Standard pricing:

Institute Members - $500

Non-Members - $700

Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

*NIGP is authorized by IACET to offer 1.5 CEUs for this program. To learn more about IACET and CEUs, visit www.iacet.org


General Description

The private sector has been doing this for years. Government agencies have now begun to realize the value of evaluating the total cost of procuring goods which may include transportation costs, carrying costs or disposal costs. Today’s negotiations now involve consideration of these costs. Public procurement professionals are often unaware of the opportunities to improve the terms and reduce the expenses associated with the delivery of contracted products. This course focuses on the benefits of contracting product transport services independent of the product itself, through understanding the nature of logistics contracting, processes the responsibilities and legal aspects, and the competitive market environment of transportation carriers.


Intended Audience

Anyone associated with the purchase of goods.






Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:


  • Describe the elements of transportation and logistics and the potential opportunities for cost savings.
  • Define freight and logistics terms and conditions with internal and external clients and vendors.
  • Analyze the requirements for a project and determine which transportation and logistics processes provide the best solutions for the agency.
  • Identify the key points that need to be in each transportation contract.
  • Design and develop a cost effective logistics and transportation program.


Course Outline

The following is an outline of the material for this course. Practical examples, group exercises and case studies will be utilized throughout the course. The content presented during any given class may vary depending on the background and experience of the participants.


Day One
  • Pre-test
  • Introduction to transportation and logistics
    - Common Terms
    - Evolution of Logisticss
    - Trends
  • Transportation law
    - History of Regulation
    - Deregulation of the Transportation Industry
    - Federal Transportation Agencies
  • Mode and Carrier Selection
    - Transportation Modes
    - Intermodal Carriage
    - Carrier Selection
    - Auxiliary Service Providers
    - Designing a Transportation Program
  • Costs of Transportation
    - Basic Transportation Costs
    - Relationship between demand and transportation costs
    - Basis for determining transportation rates

Day Two
  • Cost of Transportation Review
  • The Transportation Contract
    - Successful Negotiation
    - Ability to Negotiate
    - Solicitation and Contract award Considerations
  • International Transportation
    - International transportation choices
    - INCO terms
    - Customs issues
  • Advances in information technology
  • Environmental Logistics Initiatives
    - Recent trends
    - TCO and environmental logistics strategies
  • Role of Logistics in Strategic Planning
    - Strategic Planning
    - Tactical planning and Logistics
    - Leading edge logistics management
  • Summary
  • Post Test

This outline may be modified slightly at the course instructor’s discretion.

The instructor has no proprietary interest in the development or marketing of this seminar and no financial interest in NIGP.


Requirements of Participants to receive CEU units

  • Attendance at the entire course. A sign-in sheet will be available each day the class is in session. Daily sign-in is mandatory to be eligible to earn CEU credits
  • There is a final, open book exam. In order to receive credit for the course, participants must achieve a passing score of 70%
  • NIGP will not issue partial CEU units.
  • An evaluation form must be completed and returned to the site coordinator prior to the completion of the course

For NIGP’s complete Continuing Education Units (CEU) Policy Statement click here.


NIGP Course Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 30 days prior to the seminar start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability.  A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing RegistrationInfo@nigp.org. No refunds are given for cancellations received within 30 days of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.

Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer’s name and contact information in lieu of payment information.

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