Freight Transportation and Logistics: Delivering Results in a Volatile Environment

Executive Education Program
Freight Transportation and Logistics: Delivering Results in a Volatile Environment

May 14-16, 2012

During this period of economic uncertainty, operators and their customers (those who buy freight) face a volatile business landscape and shifting opportunities and expectations.  Variability must be managed in freight transportation and logistics decisions with regard to pricing, service, access, mode selection, and contractual arrangements.  Strategies for success for both the transportation buyers and sellers must continually adapt in this environment.

To address these challenges, the Northwestern University Transportation Center has developed a customized program for transportation and logistics executives and those who invest, raise capital, and provide services for the sector.  This executive program will provide insight into the rapidly changing domestic and international transportation industry, including air, rail, truck, marine, package, third party logistics, and other non-asset sectors such as brokerage.

Questions that will be addressed:

  • How is the volatile business environment and economic uncertainty impacting domestic/international freight transport?

  • How have customers’ logistics expectations changed in meeting their transport/logistics needs?

  • What are the relative competitive factors among the various modes in terms of access/availability, price and service?

  • What regulatory changes can be expected that will impact the shipper/carrier relationships?

  • What changes are needed in mode and carrier selection?

  • What forces are driving these changes - how can you better anticipate and take advantage of them going forward?

  • What new services and solutions are emerging from third party logistics providers? How applicable are these to my company’s requirements?

  • What are the roles of freight intermediaries and how can they be used to a shipper’s advantage?

  • How is technology being leveraged to improve operational performance and service quality?

  • How can carriers gain advantage in the new environment?

  • What do those changes mean to logistics strategies? How do shippers achieve leverage?

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at decision-makers and investors in transportation and logistics including shippers that have to purchase freight transportation domestically or internationally and those in the logistics, traffic, sourcing and finance functions. In addition, carrier staff and line executives who have the operating, marketing, financial responsibility in freight will benefit. Included would be professionals from the marketing, sales, planning, and services functions in transportation. This course will also have value for investors, equipment and service providers to the transportation and logistics sectors.

Course Format

Program content will be thoroughly integrated by the course faculty, so that participants will emerge with a comprehensive understanding and perspective of both domestic and international transportation sectors. Both Northwestern faculty and outside lecturers will lead the program.

The focus of the course is on the changing nature of relationships between shippers and carriers. Some prior knowledge and experience in logistics and transportation will be useful.

cscmpCo-sponsored by the CSCMP. Additional discount available to CSCMP members. For more information, call 847-491-7287 or e-mail