| The potential pitfalls of making an incorrect site decision.
The benefits of making an effective site location decision.
Examples of good and bad decisions and the consequences of each.
The strategic importance of the location decision.
The basic objectives of the location decision.
The basic location options (expansion, additional location, shut down and start new, retain the status quo).
The history of site location theory.
The current trends in location decisions (market proximity, labour costs, market access, legal constraints).
How to generate relevant criteria to use for the making of an effective site location decision.
How to develop appropriate location alternatives.
How to evaluate the alternatives against the criteria.
How to determine the risks associated with the most probable site alternative and how to plan to manage these risks.
The impact of regional factors (location of raw materials, the location of markets, availability of skilled and affordable labour, climate and taxes).
The impact of community considerations (Availability of housing and schooling, proximity of towns and shops, medical facilities etc).
The impact of site related issues (type of land, ground conditions, availability of power and water, environmental concerns, transport infrastructure etc).
The impact of business strategy (future growth, production strategy, market strategy, process strategy).
The trade offs and traps of locating.
What is meant by facility layout.
What must be achieved in effective facility layout.
What the objectives are for manufacturing operations layout.
What the objectives are for warehouse operations layout.
What the objectives are for service operations layout.
What the objectives are for office operations layout.
What cellular, fixed position and hybrid layouts are.
The latest trends in facility layouts.
What software is available to assist in facility layout design.
The implications and considerations of removing materials from incoming vehicles and placing them on the receiving docks.
The implications and considerations when moving material from receiving docks for inspection.
The implications and considerations of moving material to and from warehouses.
The implications and considerations when moving material among production operations.
The considerations and implications of moving finished products from the assembly and storing them in finished goods warehouses.
The considerations and implications of moving packaged goods to shipping docks.
The role of traffic departments in organisations.
The transportation/logistics/marketing/distribution/purchasing interfaces.
The factors influencing the transportation costs and pricing (Density, stabability, ease of handling, liability).
How transportation impacts on the service delivery to customers (transit time, reliability, flexibility and responsiveness).
The constraints under which conveyors have to operate.
The market related factors that impact on the cost of transportation (degree of intermodal competition, location of markets, nature of government regulations, balance or imbalance of freight traffic, seasonality, domestic vs. international). >Carrier characteristics and available services (motor, rail, air, water, pipeline, third parties).
The role of Intermodal Marketing Companies (IMC's).
The role of third party logistics providers.
The global issues relating to the selection and design of logistics systems.
The regulatory issues relating to transportation and logistics.
Issues related to carrier pricing (FOB, cost of service, value of service, line-haul rates, class rates, exception rates, commodity rates, contract rates, freight of all kinds.
The fundamentals of carrier and shipper contracts.
The fundamentals of routing and scheduling.
What an organisational structure is.
The key questions that a manager must ask when designing an organisational structure.
The economics and diseconomies of work specialisation.
The positives and negatives of departmentalisation.
The impact of chain of command.
The impact of span of control.
The centralisation and decentralisation debate.
The impact of organisational structures on the delegation of authority.
The positives and negatives of traditional organisational design (the simple structure, the bureaucracy, the matrix structure.
The new trends in organisational design (team structures, the virtual organisation, boundary-less organisations).
The reasons for different structures.
The relationship between strategy and structure.
The impact of organisational size.
The impact of technology.
The impact of organisational design on employee behaviour.
The various business processes.
The difference between data, information and communication.
The need for a proper communication strategy.
The sources of information needed within the supply chain.
How various information systems can be utilised to effectively disseminate the required information.
The parameters for an effective supply chain management information system.