Getting products from the point of manufacture to the customer safely is a serious task. Well designed transport packaging considers many factors: internal packaging equipment, carrier mode, transport strategy, fulfillment, inventory, and environmental factors. This e-learning course will teach you about the various types of carriers and modes of distribution. You will learn the four fundamental categories of hazards and the corresponding tests used to design packaging systems that withstand the forces of distribution. Packaging systems using wood containers, pallets, corrugated containers, and returnables are evaluated. At the end of this course, you will walk away with a complete understanding of the distribution system for both industrial and consumer packaged goods.



  • Introduction to Distribution
  • Defining Transport Packaging
  • Developing Distribution Systems
  • Let's Get to Know Each Other- Introduce Yourself!
  • Glossary

Distribution Modes

  • Introduction to Distribution Modes
  • Land
  • Sea
  • Air
  • Carrier Rules
  • Knowledge Check: Distribution Modes

Hazards and Testing

  • Introduction to Hazards and Testing
  • Distribution Hazards
  • Atmospheric Pre-Conditioning
  • Drop Testing
  • Demo- Drop Test
  • Tilt Testing
  • Demo- Tilt Testing
  • Horizontal Shock Testing
  • Demo- Horizontal Shock Testing
  • Vibration Testing
  • Demo- Vibration Testing
  • Shock Testing
  • Demo- Shock Testing
  • Compession Factors
  • Compression Testing
  • Knowledge Check: Hazards & Testing

Performance Design

  • Introduction to Performance Design
  • Testing Overview Introduction
  • Testing Overview
  • Product Fragility
  • Cushioning Systems
  • Dunnage Options
  • Corrosion Mitigation
  • Knowledge Check: Performance Design

Packaging Systems

  • Introduction to Packaging Systems
  • Wood Containers
  • Pallets
  • Pallet Type Comparison Guide
  • Corrugated Containers
  • Returnables
  • Other Systems
  • Unitization
  • Information Design for Distribution
  • UN Markings
  • Knowledge Check: Packaging Systems

Wrap Up

  • Distribution- That's a Wrap!
  • Final Exam
  • Survey


  • Understand the functions and strategies of transport packaging (LTL, FTL, Parcel)

  • Embrace the total systems approach to distribution packaging to minimize waste and profit loss, and maximize productivity

  • Outline party logistics and general considerations for choosing a carrier and freight class

  • Define the four fundamental categories of hazards exist in distribution: Shock, Vibration, Compression, and Atmospheric

  • Identify test methods by distribution packaging standards organizations such as ISTA & ASTM

  • Design packaging systems for the distribution environment




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