Understanding Transport Logistics

There has been a significant increase in people taking part in logistics training in recent years.

The logistics and supply chain industry has experienced significant growth which in turn has resulted in greater demand for more skilled professionals in this area.

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In 2021, the global logistics industry’s worth was valued at over 8.4 trillion euros – that is over 13 trillion Australian dollars. This is expected to exceed 13.7 billion euros by 2027.

According to the Australian Industry Standards Australia’s growth in freight and passenger movement is ‘set to explode’

According to the Freight and Logistics Council of WA ‘growing levels of trade mean ever-greater demands on our road and rail networks’


It makes sense, if we look at our day-to-day activities, we can see a number of factors that would impact the logistics industry.

For example:

  1. The increase in global interconnection. It is viable to source materials, supplies, products from various locations across the country, not to mention the opportunities to purchase globally.
  2. The rise of e-commerce has transformed our shopping experiences. The retail landscape has changed, and logistics networks are needed to support this framework.
  3. The greater expectation for time-sensitive delivery. Businesses are increasingly focused on providing fast and cost-effective delivery solutions.


What Is Logistics?

If you are looking for the definition of logistics, the Cambridge Dictionary states logistics is ‘the careful organization of a complicated activity so that it happens successfully and effectively

This can be seen as quite a broad definition however when it comes to real life, logistics is involved in the running of society worldwide. From the planning and preparing, to the transportation, storage and even manufacturing of goods we consume every single day, logistics is what makes the world go round!

Without logistics, our supply chain would crumble, our shelves would be empty, and life would come to a standstill.

Different processes within logistics can be as small as the management of stock orders within your local supermarket, to large industrial-scale transportation of goods – such as oil or coal.

This is why specific logistics training is so important. You need to be qualified in the logistics area you work to ensure you are competent in that specific segment.


Nationwide Training offer various logistic training courses, including:

Verification in Competency

Dangerous Goods Awareness

Dangerous Goods Storage and Handling

Explosives Transport Drivers Licence

Safe Load Program

And more.


We also provide Transport and Logistics Traineeships including:

Cert III in Supply Chain Operations (Warehousing Operations)

Cert III in Driving Operations (Heavy General Freight)


Types of Logistics:

As previously touched on, there are many different types of logistics. Each type caters to different aspects of the supply chain.


Here are some of the types of logistics you may come across:

  • Inbound Logistics: Manages the planning, preparation, and management of materials that flow into a business, company, or organisation.
  • Outbound Logistics: Just like inbound logistics, this type is the management of materials that flow out of a business, company, or organisation.
  • Reverse Logistics: This involves the management of products and/or materials returned to a business, company, or organisation. This can also include repairs, recycling, or disposal.
  • International Logistics: This relates to the management of international goods transportation. Anything that travels over international borders may require special documentation, customs clearance and must comply with international regulations.
  • E-Commerce Logistics: Related to online retail and deals with the management of online sales fulfilment, orders of materials, and returns.
  • Green Logistics: This type relates to the input of more ecologically friendly systems within logistics. This can be done by managing systems to ensure carbon footprints are reduced, mistakes that could damage the ecosystem are reduced and promoting sustainable operations.


The above are examples of different types of logistics. However, in practice most operations will involve a combination of these types as they are interrelated.


Logistics Training / Transport and Logistics Traineeships

As you can see, logistics is highly varied and with the right logistics training, you can expand into a career with unlimited growth opportunities.

Nationwide Training has several logistics training courses to help you on your career path.


To find out more, call us on 08 9445 7766 or use our contact form to get in touch with our team.