Supply Chain Workshops

We are proud to announce new Supply Chain Workshops for 2019! Based on your feedback, we've selected the most relevant topics to hold as 6 Half-Day Workshops designed to help you improve your skills, reduce your companies costs and improve ROI.

Each workshop below will be taught by a certified APICS instructor and are only $169 per person!! 

Our summer workshops have completed. We are planning to host more in 2020 - schedule to be announced soon. 

Workshop 1: Sales and Operations Planning:  Principles  and Concepts

TBD, 8:00am - 12:pm | Cost: $169 per person

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is all about the design, planning, execution, control and monitoring of all internal, that is, company activities.  It’s objective is creation a company-wide game plan to meet demand while maintaining strategic goals. It is also about building internal collaboration of all the functional areas of the business.

The focus of this workshop is to provide an introduction to S&OP, review the related planning processes.  It includes Demand Management, Financial Management, Inventory Management and Capacity Management.  The output of the S&OP process is a Production Plan that meets sales, finance, operations, and all other functional areas of the company. 

Participants will learn about the following:

  • Using the Business Plan to develop a plan of action for all of sales and manufacturing.
  • How the S&OP process unites the company toward a feasible Production Plan
  • How Forecasting fits in the S&OP process
  • The difference between a traditional Production Plan and the S&OP Production Plan
  • How the Production Plan is used to create the Master Production Plan
  • The specific steps to a successful S&OP process


Sales & Operations Planning is a strategic advantage for companies who are able to master the process.

Workshop 2: Supply Chain Management – Principles and Concepts

TBD, 8:00am - 12:00pm | Cost $169 per person

Supply Chain Management is all about the design, planning, execution, control and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value.  It is also about building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance.

The focus of this workshop is to provide an introduction to supply chain management, review the related planning processes and discuss inventory management, procurement and logistics as they relate to the supply chain.

Participants will learn about the following:

  • Fundamental principles and concepts of supply chain management
  • How to strategize and, when to make the products that customers want
  • Ways to build lasting partnerships with suppliers
  • The difference between qualitative and quantitative performance measurements, as they relate to the supply chain
  • How to evaluate the readiness of your internal supply chain processes


Workshop 3: Inventory Basics

TBD, 8:00am - 12:00pm | Cost $169 per person

Inventory basics will cover those stocks or items used to support production (raw materials and work-in-process items), supporting activities (maintenance, repair, and operating supplies), and customer service (finished goods and spare parts). Demand for inventory may be dependent or independent.  Inventory functions are anticipation, hedge, cycle (lot size), fluctuation (safety, buffer, or reserve), transportation (pipeline), and service parts.

  • Know What Inventory Is and Understand its Purpose
  • Understand The Function and Classes of Inventory
  • Understand The Problems Associated With Inventory Management
  • Understand The Cost Associated With Maintaining Inventory
  • Understand When and How Much Inventory To Reorder
  • Understand The Physics of Inventory Storage and Retrieval


Workshop 4: Purchasing

TBD, 8:00am - 12:00pm | Cost: $169 per person

Purchase is the term used in industry and management to denote the function of and responsibility for procuring materials, supplies and services.

  • Learn about the role of Purchasing within the organization
  • Understand Purchasing’s roles with contracts
  • Explain sourcing best practices
  • Illustrate the purchasing cycle
  • Describe the process for conducting a supplier visit
  • Explain the reasons for outsourcing
  • Understand how to manage supplier relations
  • Learn how to implement product development programs
  • Explain Purchasing’s roles with sustainability and regulatory compliance


Workshop 5: Material Requirements Planning

TBD, 8:00am - 12:00pm | $169 per person

Materials Requirements Planning is, “A set of techniques that uses bill of material data, inventory data, and the master production schedule to calculate requirements for materials. It makes recommendations to release replenishment orders for material. Further, because it is time-phased, it makes recommendations to reschedule open orders when due dates and need dates are not in phase….”

After completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe what MRP is
  • Understand the nature of demand
  • Know when to use Order Point vs. MRP
  • Understand composition of a bill of material
  • Perform an MRP explosion
  • Use MRP-generated action messages


Workshop 6: Lean Supply Chain

TBD, 8:00am - 12:00pm | $169 per person

This class is ideally suited for those supply chain professionals who support or interact with any departments involved with the implementation of lean or, continuous supply chain improvement initiatives.  It introduces essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of a lean supply chain, as well as the impact on front-line manufacturing operations.

Participants will learn about the following:

  • Principles of the Lean Supply Chain, including the importance of the “continuous improvement” company culture, what is value and non-value added and the identification and elimination of waste
  • Tools of the Lean Supply Chain, including value stream mapping, 5S and cellular manufacturing
  • Lean Supply Chain Assessment & Auditing