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Transportation and Distribution Planning

Special Note

2019 course date to be announced. Please email for information.

This course uses computer simulations. Students should bring their own computers. Limited loaner computers may be available – however, you must contact Meka in SCL ( at least 7 business days prior to the course start date to request a loaner computer and check availability. Loaner-computers are available on a limited, first-come basis.

Course Description

Effective planning of transportation and distribution networks has become more complex. This is driven by increasing customer requirements, expansion of global sourcing, security and regulatory requirements, volatile fuel costs, etc. This course is focused on understanding the strategic and tactical principles, practices, and tools required to address the cost, service, capacity, and carbon emissions tradeoffs in domestic and international transportation.

Who Should Attend

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

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
  • Analyze tradeoffs between various logistics costs, customer service levels and carbon emissions
  • Determine how to measure and improve transportation performance
  • Understand how transportation carriers plan their operations and how this can impact shippers

What Is Covered

  • Transportation and distribution fundamentals
  • Delivery costs and strategies
  • Levels of planning transportation and distribution technology
  • Long haul and international transportation
  • Reducing transportation cost
  • Carrier planning and management and impacts on shippers
  • Rail tour and lecture at national planning and training center
  • Supply chain design strategy and technology
  • Network design fundamentals
  • Transportation and distribution trends and innovation
  • Modeling carbon missions

Course Materials

Participants receive a course notebook.

Course Prerequisite and Related Certificate Information

No prerequisites. This course is part of the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Certificate.

Course CEUs

Course Instructors

Course Fees

Standard: $3,500.00, Alumni/Org Discount: $3,150.00, Certificate: $2,905.00 (cost of each course when signing up for and paying for a multi-course certificate program).

First time attendees pay the listed Course Fee. If you are a returning student of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) courses (or are active/retired military), you will receive a 10% discount when you enter the coupon code SCL-Alum on the "Check Out" page. If you register and pay for all required courses in a Supply Chain & Logistics certificate in one single transaction, you can receive a discount of 17% off each course by entering the coupon code SCL-Cert on the "Check Out" page. There are also discounts available for multiple-team member registrations or to members of certain organizations.

Discounts cannot be combined. For questions, call 404-385-8663 or send us an email prior to registration

The program fee for LIVE courses (non-online) includes continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks, parking, internet access, and all classroom materials.

If the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute must cancel a program, registrants will receive a full refund. Georgia Tech, however, cannot assume the responsibility for other costs incurred. Due to program enrollment limits, early registration is encouraged. Registrations will be acknowledged by a letter of confirmation from Professional Education.

Course Times

On the first day, please check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • First Day - 8:30am to 5:30pm
  • ​Second Day - 8:30am to 5:30pm
  • Third Day - 8:30am to 4:30pm


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Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
H. Milton Stewart School of
Industrial & Systems Engineering
765 Ferst Drive, NW, Suite 228
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343