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Main Programs and Courses Business Programs Warehouse and Distribution Management

Warehouse and Distribution Management

The warehousing and distribution sector is an integral part of the supply chain industry which is one of the largest employers in Canada, with close to a million people employed in occupations directly related to it and is expected to steadily grow in the future offering tens of thousands of new positions every year. Management of warehousing and distribution deals with the logistics of the flow of goods and services from suppliers to consumers.


In Reeves College’s Warehouse & Distribution Management program, you will learn a variety of skills including, procurement, storage, transportation, and distribution. 


Take hands-on supply chain logistics courses in supply and demand estimation and forecasting, operations planning, financial planning, negotiation, technical and IT skills.


Before graduating from the program, you will complete an 8-week practicum placement in a real-world warehouse setting.

This program is 37 weeks in length.
  • Warehouse supervisor
  • Fulfillment supervisor/co-ordinator
  • Operations manager
  • Area manager
  • Depot manager
  • Flow lead
  • Team lead
  • Dispatch logistician
  • Flight crew scheduling supervisor
  • Logistics supervisor - transportation
  • Freight forwarding logistician
  • Inventory control supervisor
  • Production clerks supervisor
  • Receiving supervisor
  • Head dispatcher
  • Ramp services supervisor
  • Supply chain co-ordinator

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Program Courses
WDM200 / Warehouse and Distribution Management Practicum

This field placement will prepare students for their transition to the workforce. The practicum will be completed in a warehouse or distribution centre environment working under the supervision of experienced personnel. Students are provided with a description of duties he/she will perform on the job. At the end of the placement, the practicum host will provide an evaluation on the student and the student will provide the college with an evaluation on the placement.

CES4A / Career and Employment Strategies

In this course students will learn how to use source and apply for a job. Facilitators will be available to provide guidance with respect to interviewing skills, resume writing and the effective use of social media to promote oneself.

CES4 / Career and Employment Strategies

This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course or its equivalent. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students may be videotaped during a mock interview and will participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.

PSK4 / Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for dealing effectively with both customers and colleagues in the business world. Using a variety of instructional methods including role-plays, case studies, group exercises, simulated situations, and discussions, students learn and practice customer service and interpersonal skills necessary for success in today’s business environment.
CA-SCISM / Integrated Supply Chain Management

This course provides an overview of a supply chain from raw materials to consumer purchase. The course examines the roles of members in the supply chain and ways to improve efficiency as well as how to identify and mitigate risk in the SC. The course will also help you understand how supply chain management has matured from a business cost centre to a strategic initiative.

CA-TRDPT / Transportation and Dispatching

This course provides an overview of the value, methods and trade-offs of the transportation function within a supply chain. It then focuses on understanding the role of the freight forwarder, transportation geography, and how terms of trade are used between buyer and seller in a contract of sales of goods with a focus on international trade. This will include international payments, commercial documentation, cargo security and dangerous goods, plus insurance.

CA-SCPHE / Packaging and Materials Handling Equipment

This course provides an introduction to the purposes and types of packaging and equipment used to protect and convey goods through the Supply Chain. The course examines the basic uses, legal requirements, benefits and drawbacks of different options available to help students make better decisions to maximize asset protection and mobility while minimizing cost.

CA-IVMCT / Inventory Management & Control

This course will provide a broad introduction to the basics of materials management, manufacturing planning and control systems, inventory control, physical distribution and information flow among operational functions within the supply chain. It builds understanding of the tactical approach to inventory control that flows from the strategic approach in Demand Planning and Inventory Management.

CA-DPSCH / Demand Planning and Scheduling

This course will provide a broad introduction to the basics of demand planning, forecasting supply requirements and related scheduling. It will prepare the student for a better understanding of the flow of information and materials.

CA-SCCMT / Contract Management

This course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the nature of contracts. Profitability of a joint business venture is based upon strategic partnerships with key suppliers to shorten lead times and reduce bottlenecks within the supply chain.  Focus will be on what constitutes a contract, types of supplier relationships, and why partnerships fail

CA-SCPRT / Procurement

This course will introduce purchasing as a business discipline with a focus on the total cost of ownership for products and services, and supplier relationship management. Topics include the purchasing cycle, centralized vs. decentralized purchasing, the preparation of documents for RFI and RFP processes, as well as the various costs involved in purchase decisions (acquisition, ownership, obsolescence, etc.). Students will develop an understanding of supply management and commodity strategy, supplier qualification, selection and management, and strategic cost management.

CA-WHOMT / Warehouse Operations Management and Quality Control

This course teaches the understanding of warehousing and distribution operations with a focus on capacity management, planning, scheduling and the use of Material Requirements Planning (MRP). The concepts and practical implementations of quality control are discussed, including the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM).

CA-TMLDS / Team Leadership

This course introduces the concept of leadership in business operations with an emphasis on team leadership in a warehousing and distribution environment. Students will learn common theories about leadership, leadership tasks, responsibilities and the skills required to be a successful team leader. The role and importance of teamwork and team management in warehousing and distribution will be closely examined.

CA-SCNGS / Negotiation Skills

Negotiations and Supplier Management are an integral part of conducting business globally. It is essential to understand the negotiation process, how to become an effective negotiator and the roles within a negotiation. Course will cover - Styles of Negotiations, Sources of Power, Use of Emotion and Logic. 

CA-ISWTA / Information Systems, Warehouse Technology and Automation

This course provides an introduction to the types of Information systems used by professionals in the daily business of warehouse and distribution management. The course examines the types of systems used for planning and execution functions in supply chain, including enterprise resource planning systems, and best-in-breed logistics and automation systems for transportation, warehouse, and customer relationship management.

HRE4 / Human Resources
Employees are the most valuable asset of a business and all aspects from hiring to performance appraisal are examined utilizing the case study approach.
BCA4 / Business Computer Applications

The first component of this course is designed to introduce students to basic computer literacy through familiarization with the components that make up a computer. Students will also look at the Windows operating system to learn how to manage a computer on a regular basis. The second component of this course will teach the basic skills required to work with a variety of business documents including the following MS Office Products Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The third and final component is designed to introduce students to considerations for living online. Students will look at what the Internet is and how e-mail has made a huge impact on communicating with others, as well as look at how to find information on the Internet and avoid risk to personal security while online.

FCMO / Fundamentals of Computers

This course offers an overview of the Windows operating system. You will learn the features and tools available in the current Windows operating system and desktop. The course will cover the configuration of the objects and components of Windows and how to use them, file management and the customization of the desktop. You will also explore how Windows works with networks, printers, and hard disks.

SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice. Students will also prepare a professional resume and learn how to write effective cover letters.
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