Integrated Logistics & Supply Chain Management
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Participant’s is the Integrated Logistics and Supply Chain Management course will take part in five days of intensive tutorials and group activity. The course will refresh participant’s knowledge of the fundamentals of logistics and supply chain management, and explain the sophisticated strategies and management methods that can be applied to establish and maintain competitive advantage. The course is divided into eight modules.
The course aims to equip participants with key skills and knowledge required to perform effectively in a logistics management environment.
Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management is an approach to analyzing and/or managing logistics networks that encompasses all of the firms involved in ensuring that the final customer receives the right product at the right time and the correct quantities. The ultimate objective is to improve a company’s competitive advantage and to maintain this in spite of competitive forces and changing customer needs.
With the arrival of what we will refer to as the logistics supply chain philosophy, distribution and transportation operations have taken on the strategic role of attaining the logistics goals of shorter cycle times, lower inventories, lower costs, and improved customers with products and services that can help them achieve these logistics goals through its suite of synchronized logistics supply chain services.
By the time you complete this module you should be able:
- Outline what is supply chain management and the development and evolution of supply chain management
- Describe why companies find a supply chain perspective important to improving their competitive position
- Define supply chain management including the three flows of products, information and money
- Define the objectives of effective supply chain
- Outline of the various tradeoffs that exist within the supply chain (including the tradeoff between inventory holding costs of transportation)
- Outline the drivers of change affecting the supply chain
The module will include with a high-level appraisal and discussion of some key forces driving change/trends and the implications for supply chain management: globalization, outsourcing, reduced cycle time, new information system, environmental performance, reverse logistics, changing marketplaces and mass customization, and the use of real-time status information. These changes/trends will be revisited and expanded upon is subsequent modules.
Logistics Management – Warehousing
We often define warehouse and distribution centres as places for the storage of goods. Given this broad definition, this includes a wide spectrum of facilities and locations that include the storage of finished goods in a production facility, the storage of raw materials, industrial goods, spares for maintenance and finished good while they are in transport. It also includes highly specialized storage facilities including, grain silos, refrigerated facilities ad so on. Every product manufactured and grown is stored at least once in a life cycle-form creation/manufacture to use.
Warehouse and distribution centres create a “time utility” for raw materials, industrial goods, and products partly or fully finished: that is, they allow us to increase the time utility of goods by broadening their time availability. This means that a customer is able to obtain a given product when and when customers demand them, within a given frame. From another perspective, storage assets are buffers shielding sub-systems from the uncertainty and dynamic variability in adjacent sub-systems within an enterprises or the supply/demand external to it.
By the time you complete this module you should be able to:
- Describe the need for warehousing, and discuss the role of storage facilities in the supply chain
- List and describe the value-adding roles of distribution
- Discuss in general terms various warehousing decisions including: the merits of private vs. public distribution centres, and warehouse layout, stocking policy and safety considerations.
- Discuss the key principles of materials handling
Along the way we will provide practical examples of warehouse design and operations-management approaches, ranging from simple yet beautifully-effective manual systems though to sophisticated information systems and computing methods.
Logistics Management – Transport
The transportation system is the physical link connecting a company’s customers, raw material suppliers, plants and distribution centres, the fixed points in supply chain. The fixed points in the logistics systems are where some activity temporarily halts the flow of goods in logistics pipeline. Knowledge of the transportation system is fundamental to the economical operation of the company’s logistics function. Transportation is the “thread” that connects a company’s geographically dispersed operations, and adds value by creating time and place utility: the value-add comes from physically moving goods available at the time desired.
By the time you complete this unit, you should be able to:
- Define supply chain and explain the transportation-supply chain relationship
- Explain how the transportation function adds value to a company
- Outline the cost services tradeoffs involved in the transportation decisions a company must make
- Describe the basic decisions that a shipper must make in shipping goods and the main factors on which these decisions are based
- Describe the basic modes of transportation and their services characteristics
- Discuss the role and application of modern information technology in transportation management.
Third Party Relationships
Many firms have directed significant attention toward working more closely with supply chain partners, including not only customers and suppliers, but also various types of logistics suppliers. Considering that one of the fundamental objectives of effective supply chain management is to achieve coordination and integration among participating organizations, the development pf more meaningful “relationship” through the supply chain has become a high priority.
Logistics relationship can be vertical or horizontal, and can vary from being a simple purchaser-vendor arrangement to a strategic alliance. One relationship can differ from the next in one of any ways-obligations, goals and expectations of benefits – preferably as a result of deliberate and informed decision-making by enterprises.
This module focuses on two highly related topics. The first is that of logistics relationship in general, with an emphasis on the types of relationships, the processes for developing and implementing successful relationship, and the need of collaborate to achieve supply chain objectives. The second is that of the third-party-logistics (3PL) industry in general and how firms in this industry create value for their commercial clients.
Information Systems, Technologies, Competitiveness and Sustainability
Supply chain management is concerned with the flow of product, money, and information up and down the supply chain. Information Systems (IS) and the technologies associated with gathering and communicating date are pervasive in supply chain management. However, the potential of IS and technology for supporting enterprise decision-making in SCM and logistics is most often underutilized.
Using a selection of real-world case-studies, we will survey the technologies that organization can use to gather and add value to it. The value-add derives from using the raw data to generate relevant SCM information that is readily available and useful. We will focus particularly on cases where the IS and technology developments yield true benefits in relation to a firm’s competitiveness and/or an enterprise’s management of environmental performance of its supply-chains/value-chains.
Materials Management and Strategic Sourcing
Module 1 provides an overview of the logistics supply chain and indicates that today’s environment requires management of the flow and storage of materials (raw materials, semi-finished goods, and finished products) from vendor sources through to the ultimate customers. One convenient way to view the supply chain for a single company is to divide its logistics system into inbound logistics (materials management and procurement) and outbound logistics (customer service and channels of distribution). The focus of this module is upon the inbound side of logistics systems, including procurement or purchasing and the related materials-management activities.
By the time you complete this module you should be able you:
- Explain the different types of inbound systems
- Understand the role and nature of procurement and supply management in a supply chain context
- Discuss the major materials-management activities
- Identify the four steps necessary for effective procurement
- Explain the criteria for evaluating vendors
- Examine the role of E-commerce in the procurement process
## Course Methodology
A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:
- (30%) Based on Case Studies
- (30%) Techniques
- (30%) Role Play
- (10%) Concepts
- Pre-test and Post-test
- Variety of Learning Methods
- Case Studies and Self Questionaires
- Group Work
Who should attend
This program is designed to “eliminate waste in the logistics chain” thereby cutting costs and improving efficiency. The course will be relevant for the following: Purchasing & Procurement, Warehousing, Shipping & Logistics, Security and General Administration.