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Understand the features of a global distribution network, logistics management, and the issues of globalisation with this online course from Coventry University.
On this course, you will identify and explore the issues shaping global logistics in the world today. You will have the opportunity to define logistics and supply chains and address the importance of the physical characteristics of goods.
Throughout this course, you will evaluate the influence of inventory, outsourcing and trade blocks on global networks. You will also discuss and assess, in detail, the problems caused by this increasing globalisation.
- Defining logistics and supply chains
- The supply chain river
- Elements of logistics
- Physical characteristics: how does this shape logistics?
- Compare coal and diamonds, or ladders and clothing, or gold and ammonium nitrate
- What is shaping global logistics? Globalisation, inventory reduction, outsourcing and supply chain complexity
- Recognise the key global trade blocks and the movement of trade internationally
- Critically evaluate globalisation and the problems it can cause
Nick Wright is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a Fellow of the CILT with over 30 years' experience in global logistics senior management roles in Europe and the USA.
Coventry University is a public research university in the city of Coventry, England, part of the wider Coventry University Group. It was formerly known as Lanchester Polytechnic until 1987, and Coventry Polytechnic until it was awarded university status in 1992. The university comprises four faculties which are made up of schools and departments which collectively run around 300 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Across the university there are 11 research centres which specialise in different fields, from transport to peace studies.
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