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APICS Certified in Logistics Transportation and Distribution

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Course Overview

The Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) certification provides you with the information you need to meet today’s supply chain logistics challenges. Created by APICS with a team of subject matter experts, the CLTD designation covers a comprehensive body of knowledge that sets the global standard for best practices in logistics, transportation and distribution.
The APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation exists since 2016. The CLTD program is the choice for the ambitious professional active in logistics, transport and distribution, and want to improve the logistics function within the enterprise.
APICS CLTD candidates have to pass one comprehensive exam of 150 questions. When you pass the exam, you may carry the CLTD credentials behind your name. The exam covers the following topics:
1. Logistics and Supply Chain Overview
2. Capacity Planning and Demand Management
3. Order Management
4. Inventory and Warehouse Management
5. Transportation
6. Global Logistics Considerations
7. Logistics Network Design
8. Reverse Logistics and Sustainability
Become a recognized expert in the logistics, transportation and distribution fields.
Certification demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a broad range of topics to set you apart from your colleagues — proving your high level of knowledge and skills.
You’ll be a more valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s global economy.

Key Takeaways

Gain recognition in the field as a logistics expert
Build credibility and set yourself apart from peers
Learn latest trends in global supply chain logistics
Impact your organization’s bottom line
Demonstrate logistics mastery of knowledge

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The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) is the global leader in supply chain organizational transformation, innovation and leadership. As the largest nonprofit association for supply chain, ASCM is an unbiased partner, connecting supply chain professionals and companies around the world to the newest thought leadership on all aspects of supply chain. ASCM is built on a foundation of APICS certification and training spanning 60 years. Now, ASCM is driving innovation in the industry with new products, services and partnerships that enable companies to further optimize their supply chains, secure their competitive advantage and positively influence their bottom lines.

Course Outline

Day 1
Day 1
The APICS CLTD Learning System is a comprehensive program that serves as a professional development and exam preparation tool. With a combination of print and web-based study tools, the Learning System also includes a free download of the current APICS CLTD Exam Content Manual.
Divided into eight modules across four books, the Learning System content is integrated with best practices in the day-to-day functions of logistics professionals to drive improvement in distribution and transportation, maximize efficiency and impact the bottom line.
1. Logistics and Supply Chain Overview
Logistics is the core of supply chain management. Fundamental concepts include managing logistics as a cohesive system, understanding tradeoffs to present a logistics strategy that aligns with organizational strategy, and finding the most effective mix of revenue producing services for the cost of providing that service. Measurement and continuous improvement are emphasized as ways to meet and exceed the pressures of globalization and the steadily increasing customer expectations for logistics.
A. Logistics Fundamentals
B. Logistics Strategy within the Supply Chain
C. Lean Logistics
Day 2
2. Capacity Planning and Demand Management
Logistics capacity planning and related decisions rely on efficient forecasts, so it is important to understand the concepts behind forecasting and its application to logistics decisions. This involves understanding how logistics can help direct and prioritize in order to better match supply to demand. The effective acquisition of inventory also requires a collaboration between procurement and logistics.
A. Aligning Supply and Demand
B. Translating Demand into Capacity Planning
C. Demand Management
D. Sourcing and Procurement of Inventory
3. Order Management
At the core of the logistics process is the customer order, which serves as the trigger setting logistics in motion. Order management activities include a variety of tasks aimed at planning, designing, and controlling processes which manage and execute customers’ orders. At the core of these processes is customer relationship management since every decision and activity that logistics takes should be with the customer in mind. By developing a customer service management strategy, logistics can deliver on the seven rights of customer service which enhances long-term customer satisfaction and creates lifetime customers.
A. Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
B. Order Management
C. Customer Service Management (CSM)
Day 3
4. Inventory and Warehouse Management
Inventory and warehouse management involves maintaining inventory levels in a manner that aligns with the business strategy and goals, supporting the coordination of supply and demand, while protecting inventory value. Warehouse management also entails the movement of materials and goods into and out of storage efficiently, safely, and with minimal inventory damage. As business practices and technology evolve, inventory and warehouse management must adapt to new distribution channels and customer/consumer expectations by creating new processes that deliver the desired results.
A. Inventory Management in Logistics
B. Inventory Management Methods
C. Inventory Control
D. Warehouse Strategy and Management
E. Packaging and Materials Handling
5. Transportation
Transportation moves goods and services across geographic lines, between where products are produced and where they are consumed, while allowing for competitive growth. At home and abroad, advances in transportation through technology and design have broadened the markets for both domestic and international competition. The wider a product’s distribution and the greater its demand, the more manufacturers can leverage transportation’s economies of cost. Logistics professionals are responsible for moving inventory throughout the firm’s supply chain and to the firm’s customers. They can use a combination of private and purchased transportation services with access to various modes of transportation, offering flexible solutions for transporting product from origin to destination.
A. Transportation Fundamentals
B. Modes of Transportation
C. Transportation Management
Day 4
6. Global Logistics Considerations
For the global logistics manager, successful participation in international trade requires awareness and knowledge of a number of key components, including but not limited to:
→ The infrastructure and systems of the countries to which it will export goods
→ the regulations which govern each country that its shipments will travel through
→ the customs clearing and documentation requirements for each shipment as dictated by each country and transportation mode used
→ an understanding of how it can reach mutual agreement on the terms of sale, methods of payment and finance terms trade participants; and
→ The process of determining the currency to be used for payment, transfer pricing and potential understanding of how free/foreign trade zones influences duties paid and total landed costs. Coordinating these international trade elements is an essential skill set for today’s logistics professionals.
A. Infrastructure and System
B. Regulations
C. Customer Clearing and Documentation
D. Currency and Tax Consideration
7. Logistics Network Design
The design of the network of warehouses and transportation lanes enable supply to be provided at the place and time of demand most effectively. This involves choosing the optimal number, location, and type of warehouse facilities, which can be supported by using both manual and automated decision support tools. Risk management helps logistics professionals determine how they can help minimize uncertainty and provide more reliable organizational results.
A. Facilities Planning
B. Distribution Network Design
C. Risk Management
Day 5
8. Reverse Logistics and Sustainability
Companies around the globe use reverse logistics to manage their product returns in ways that actually turn the reverse flows into quantifiable value streams that not only contribute to the profitability of the organization, but also strengthen its triple bottom line (TBL) and its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. These efforts make the organization more attractive to customers, suppliers, other supply chain participants, and to shareholders who value green initiatives, reduced carbon footprints and wiser usage of the world’s finite resources.
A. Reverse Logistics
B. Sustainability
9. Global Logistics
→ Examining current factors in the global logistics space
→ Staying competitive while balancing cost and level of service
→ Exploring the history of international trade theories and infrastructure
→ Discussing global logistics performance indicators and trade specialists
→ Complying with international trade regulations
→ Preparing customs documentation
→ Discussing finance, payment options, terms of sale, payment methods, currency issues, trade zones, and hedging

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
The APICS CLTD is designed for logistics professionals across all industries, especially:
→ Logistics managers/engineers
→ Supply chain logistics managers
→ Traffic managers
→ Transportation / fleet managers
→ Warehouse operations/distribution managers
→ Reverse logistics managers
No matter where you are in your career, earning the CLTD credential will demonstrate your mastery of a broad range of logistic, transportation and distribution topics.

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