Objectives and Intended Outcomes

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.

Intended Audience

Intended for anyone associated with the purchase of goods.

Transportation & Logistics Class Mesa, AZ 2017
Transportation & Logistics Class , February 22-23, 2017, Mesa, Arizona


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, the processes of the responsibilities and legal aspects, and the competitive market environment of transportation carriers. Practical examples, discussion, group exercises and case studies will be used throughout the course.



Course Outline

Day ​1

  • 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 ​2:

  • 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


2 Day Course

Textbook provided

Requirements of Participants to Receive Certificate of Completion

  • Attendance at the entire course is mandatory. NIGP does not issue partial CEU credits or contact hours.
  • In order to receive credit for the course, participants must pass a final assessment
  • A course evaluation must be completed prior to the completion of the course.
  • Students will receive the Certificate of Completion after completing the final assessment and course evaluation.

NIGP’s complete Continuing Education Units (CEU) Policy Statement

Key 4 - Accredited, Classroom Contact Hrs & CEUs

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

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

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