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The Basics of Supply Chain Management


Designed to take any new member of the transportation industry from knowing nothing to having a clear understanding of logistics and supply chain management. This course is the perfect introduction for inexperienced Dispatchers and Transportation Managers.¬†Students learn how to meet customers’ shipping and distribution needs. Students also learn common industry terminology and legal regulations. This course is highly recommend for anyone changing companies and moving to the Transportation Industry (i.e., an accountant), as it explores perspective and grants empathy to our students. Dispatchers can earn more by learning how to find their own direct shippers and customers.

Time: 4 hours of video content

Will Receive Course Completion Certificate

Table of Contents


Common Industry Knowledge

  • What are “Lanes”
  • Managing PO Numbers & Reference Numbers
  • BOL (Bill of Lading)
  • Backhaul Rates
  • LTL & Oversize Loads

Industry Regulations and Legal Forces

  • Over the Road Weight Limits
  • The Department of Transportation (D.O.T.)
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • All about MC Numbers and Operational Authority
  • Insurance Policies and Requirements

Working with other Companies

  • “Setting Up” How and Why
  • Credit Checks
  • An overview of Supply Chain Management
  • Brokerages – Working with Brokerages and Agents


  • Types of Equipment
  • Safety Ratings
  • Guide to Hazardous Material
  • The Role of Dispatchers
  • Working and Communicating with Drivers
  • Owner Operators
  • Leased Trucks
  • Communicating with Carriers
  • Communicating AS a Carrier
  • Operating Expenses
  • Accessorial Charges

Intermodal Capacity

  • Advantages to Intermodal Shipping
  • How to Utilize it
  • How to Get Quotes


  • The Role of Transportation Managers
  • Consignor Procedures (Shipment Origin)
  • Consignee Procedures (Shipment Destination)

Guide to Servicing your Customers


Industry Competition

  • Niche Markets
  • Commodities
  • Seasonal Trends

Finding Loads and Carrying Capacity

  • Using Load Boards Effectively
  • Posting Freight
  • The Most Responsive Load Boards
  • Using Industrial Search Engines

Establishing Freight Rates

  • Gauging Fuel Prices to Transportation Costs
  • Quotes and Bids for Lanes
  • Rate Matrices
  • R.F.P.’s
  • Reading Market Data Trends
  • Market Trend Resources
  • Minimum Day Rate Charges