Most people don’t give much thought to the behind–the–scenes business of material handling until the store shelves are empty or the things they ordered does not arrive. But material handling involves the process of moving small quantities of goods over relatively short distances. It is an activity that takes place in warehouse, production facilities, and retail stores, and also between transportation modes. The concern is to be able to move the goods with speed and low cost. However because the handling activity must be repeated many times, what may be apparently minor inefficiencies in any one trip can add up to substantial diseconomies when taken over many products and over a period of time. Material Handling is the "nuts and bolts" of the supply chain business. This course teaches how to move, control and store material. It brings together academicians and industry experts, and provides logistics professionals with the latest information in the field answering the key questions in material handling: why move, where to move and when to move.