The logistics industry is an important sector that facilitates international trade. Digitalisation and globalisation have aided the industry with newer, innovative and advanced technologies providing increased services and minimizing costs. COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains and global logistics is gearing to overcome these challenges.
Considering this evolving scenario, World Trade Center Mumbai Institute of Education, the trade wing of MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai organised a virtual Management Development Programme (MDP) on ‘Global Logistics’ jointly with World Trade Center Pune over four Saturdays. The MDP was designed to provide information on all aspects of Logistics Industry and ways to overcome these challenges faced on account of the pandemic.
The course was conducted by the Institute’s faculties namely, Professor Mr. Arvind Khedkar who is an Expert on International Trade and Mr. Shailendra Binju, Head – International Logistics, HEG Limited. The faculties are professionals with rich industry knowledge and having years of hands-on experience.
The participants were from varied backgrounds namely, entrepreneurs; business developers; professionals; logistic firms; warehouse, logistics and EXIM executives; custom house agents; freight forwarders; 3rd party logistics and management students etc.
The course curriculum covered topics namely domestic and international business; concept of logistics, agencies involved in EXIM trade, export logistics planning, pre- and post-shipment stages; shipping services; warehousing and containerisation; modes of transportation; importance of waterways; selection of shipping lines; world ocean routes; types of maritime cargo; selection of port; challenges in shipping as a result of COVID-19 and ways to overcome them and Incoterms – export costing and pricing.
The course was well received by all stakeholders and in view of the success, the Institute announced the virtual Post Graduate Diploma in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management which is a six-month course over 80 sessions, starting from March 9, 2021. The course curriculum includes topics such as effective planning to overcome challenges in a pandemic scenario, material management, distribution management with linkages to channels, transactional logistics, foreign trade policy including RoDTEP and international business. The course will be held thrice a week (Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday).