Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA) has launched a series of free eBooks, starting with an ‘Essential Guide to Warehousing’, which enable aspiring logisticians to gain an in-depth insight into the skills required by companies operating in the logistics sector.
The first eBook in the four part series provides a basic introduction into the running of a warehouse facility, and includes an insightful overview that helps to explain the purpose of the warehouse and it’s importance within the supply chain.
The guide begins by looking at the rationale for having a warehouse, such as stockpiling and consolidation, a review of the issues surrounding cost and service, and an examination of the planning function as well as a warehouse operation’s working phases. It also addresses the use of IT systems, demand and resource planning, performance measurement and what to consider when specifying warehouse equipment.
Other sections cover supply management, which encompasses seasonality, the flow of raw materials and finished goods, and reverse goods flow, including the return of defective product or the recycling activity.
In the final stages it looks at how the warehouse can be improved through productivity, utilisation, layout, flow, working phases and technology.
Peter Jones, managing director at LLA, says: “With the new series of eBooks we aim to stimulate people into exploring some of the suggested improvement areas with the aim of delivering sustainable benefits across an organisation.
“The idea is to provide a broad understanding of warehouses, how they need to be integrated within the overall supply chain and a review of the different options available to ensure that customers are receiving the right service levels.”
As one of the UK’s leading logistics and supply chain management training companies, LLA provide both bespoke programmes to meet specific development needs and distance learning courses that enable students to get a real understanding of the processes involved in delivering best practice supply chains.
In line with all LLA’s distance learning courses the process involves continuous assessment, without the need to take written examinations. Students are able to study the courses at their own pace and have the full support of a qualified tutor, who acts as a mentor. There is also the option to take the course as a three-day classroom based programme, followed by a separate one-day assessment.
For more details visit www.logisticslearningalliance.com and under the ‘blog’ tab look for FREE eBook – Warehousing Essentials to download an introductory copy of the first publication in the four-part series.