The supply chain is a crucial part of any business’ success. Optimizing the flow of products and services as they are planned, sourced, made, delivered, and returned can give your business an extra competitive edge.
This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of supply chain management, including the basic flow, core models, supply chain drivers, key metrics, benchmarking techniques, and ideas for taking your supply chain to the next level.
What Topics are Covered?
- Getting Started
- The Evolution of the Supply Chain
- The Basic Supply Chain Structure
- Supply Chain Drivers
- Aligning Your Supply Chain with Business Strategy
- Managing Supply Chain Risks
- Tracking and Evaluating Supply Chain Data
- Troubleshooting Supply Chain Problems
- Sharing Supply Chain Activities
- Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies
- Applying Lean Techniques to the Supply Chain
- The Future of Supply Chain Management
What Will Students Learn?
- Define supply chain management and logistics
- Explain the vertical and virtual integration models
- Understand the stages in the basic supply chain flow
- Identify participants in the supply chain
- Recognize supply chain drivers and ways to optimize them
- Align supply chain strategy with business strategy
- Determine what metrics to track and how to benchmark the related data
- Troubleshoot basic supply chain problems
- Identify ways to develop your supply chain, such as using third-party logistics providers, insourcing processes, developing sustainable and eco-friendly strategies, leveraging process improvement strategies, and adopting new techniques
- Lectures 39
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 18 hours
- Language English
- Students 2056
- Assessments Yes
Lesson One: Course Overview
Students will have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
Lesson Two: Getting Started
The beginning is always a good place to start. Right here students will learn about the terms that arise from a definition of logistics and supply chain management. Also covered here are related regulations and resources.
Lesson Three: The Evolution of the Supply Chain
This lesson gives students a look at the vertical and virtual integration models for supply chains. The focus then shifts to anticipated changes in supply chains.
Lesson Four: The Basic Supply Chain Structure
This lesson delves into the structure of supply chains. Students are shown the links in a chain, students in a supply chain, how to design a supply chain, and it wraps up with a look at the bullwhip effect.
Lesson Five: Supply Chain Drivers
This is where students will learn about some key drivers that impact the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chains. Also covered in this lesson is a discussion of transportation methods.
Lesson Six: Aligning Your Supply Chain with Business Strategy
Covered in this lesson are ways to identify your market and how to look at your role in a supply chain. Also touched upon is how to analyze the data you’ve uncovered and the next steps to identify where you want to be.
Lesson Seven: Managing Supply Chain Risks
This lesson gives students a chance to consider supply chain risks and ways to manage them.
Lesson Eight: Tracking and Evaluating Supply Chain Data
This lesson tackles data head-on and looks at ratios and formulas, benchmarking, the SCOR model, the Balanced Scorecard, and supply chain management dashboards.
Lesson Nine: Troubleshooting Supply Chain Problems
Here, students are given tips and methods on how to pick up on signs of trouble in a supply chain and supply chain best practices.
Lesson Ten: Sharing Supply Chain Activities
This is the lesson that addresses outsourcing, insourcing, offshoring, and reshoring. It also covers third- and fourth-party logistics providers, as well as ways to build partnerships within a supply chain.
Lesson Eleven: Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies
Students are introduced to sustainability as it relates to supply chains in this lesson and how to reduce their supply chain’s impact on the environment.
Lesson Twelve: Applying Lean Techniques to the Supply Chain
Lean techniques are useful for a supply chain and students are given a grounding in this topic here as well as how to apply Lean practices to a supply chain.
Lesson Thirteen: The Future of Supply Chain Management
It’s always good to consider the future of any industry your students are involved in and this lesson looks at the top trends in supply chain management.
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