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Introduction to Warehousing Activities & Receiving Goods

Covering warehousing processes and functions within the wider supply chain and insights into the modern warehouse

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4 hours · Self-paced
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Covering warehousing processes and the function of the warehouse within the wider supply chain, this introductory course provides practical insights into the function of the modern warehouse.

As the pace of change across the supply chain is ever increasing, refreshing and developing your knowledge and skills to adapt to these changes is more important than ever. IoSCM understands that not everyone has the time or requirement to study a full qualification and therefore they have created a fantastic range of bite-size online training programmes. Created by Industry experts each of the courses have been designed to give you a great understanding of a particular topic or function from across the supply chain. Ideal for those looking to learn about a new area or to refresh and expand your existing knowledge to help you advance within your chosen profession without the restrictions of studying for a full qualification.


This course allows the student to obtain an understanding of the purpose and characteristics of inventory within a warehouse setting. It also looks at the importance of health and safety within a warehouse and using the equipment commonly found in a warehouse.

Upon completion of this bite-size course, you will have an understanding of:

  • Key Warehousing Activities
  • Goods Transferred to Stock (Put-away)
  • Storage
  • Picking & Order Assembly
  • Packing & Despatch
  • Additional Warehousing Activities
  • Stocktaking
  • Security
  • The processes used to receive and verify good that arrive in a warehouse
  • Warehouse Flow
  • Receiving Procedure
  • The Environmental Arrangements for the Storage of Goods within a Warehouse
  • Environmental Legislation
  • Wood and ISPM 15

Who is this course for?

The ‘Introduction to warehousing activities & receiving goods’ bite-size course has been written and developed by experts with combined experience, totalling decades, of working in warehousing, inventory, logistics, and the wider supply chain industry. Using first-hand knowledge and experience of warehousing activities and receiving goods, within modern business, the introductory course has been written to support you with expanding your understanding of:

  • The key warehousing activities that take place on typical day
  • The ‘goods transferred to stock’ process
  • Warehouse security
  • What stocktaking involves
  • The processes used to receive and verify goods that arrive in a warehouse
  • The receiving procedure
  • The environmental arrangement for the storage of goods
  • Environmental Legislation
  • What is meant by the terms ‘Wood’ and ‘ISPM 15’

The course is designed to give you a detailed introduction to, and understanding of, warehousing activities and receiving goods.

The course begins by exploring the key warehousing activities and the role of the warehouse within a business. Within this section, we explore what the movement of goods actually involves – following the process from the ‘goods received’ stage through to the ‘packing and despatch’ stage. The course also covers the goods receipt process and additional warehousing activities including; general housekeeping and maintenance of mechanical handling equipment, stocktaking and the process behind this, and warehouse security, with a focus on the security measures that can, and should, be taken within a warehouse environment.

The course concludes by looking at how goods are received within a warehouse. Within this section, you will learn more about the processes used to receive and verify goods that arrive in a warehouse, the ‘warehouse flow’, the receiving procedure and the environmental arrangements for the storage of goods. In this final section of the course we discuss the laws and legislations that govern modern warehousing such as; Environmental legislation’s including ‘The Environmental Act 1995’ and the ‘Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994’ and finally, Wood (widely used as packaging material and is likely to have been imported) and ISPM 15 (The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No 15) which helps stop the spread of disease and insects in wood packaging. Each legislation needs to be adhered to by all businesses with warehouse environments to ensure the safety of their employees, their customers and their reputation.

The bite-size course is an online interactive learning programme, broken down into informative topics to help you progress through the course in a user-friendly way. Throughout your learning, you can use the self-test questions to cement your understanding and can pause and resume your studies whenever it is convenient.

On average the course takes three to four hours to complete, making it the perfect learning tool for Professionals with busy lives. In addition to the reading materials, you will find videos and infographics throughout your course to provide you with further insight into the topic you are studying.

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