Supply Chain Management Strategies

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This course will present fundamental supply chain management (SCM) strategies one needs to consider before implementing an effective and workable SCM system. SCM concepts and strategies included in this course are centralized and decentralized distribution systems, push- and pull-based supply chains, risk pooling, the bullwhip effect, and centralized and decentralized inventory systems. The course will also examine the importance of supply chain partnerships and will look at strategies for implementing a global supply chain. Completion of the course will allow the learner to assess the needs of a particular organization and choose the strategies that will help build a successful SCM system.

Target Audience
Managers, team leaders, implementers, project managers, and coaches who are considering implementing SCM systems across their organizations.

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Supply Chain Strategies

  • recognize the benefits of implementing fundamental supply chain management strategies within an organization.
  • identify the relevant information for determining an effective location and production strategy for an organization.
  • identify the advantages and disadvantages of both a centralized and decentralized distribution system.
  • identify business supply chains that are structured to take advantage of risk pooling.
  • match push- and pull-based supply chain models to business practices that reflect each.
  • associate three distribution strategies to business practices that accomplish each.
  • analyze an organization's supply chain to implement an effective distribution strategy in a given scenario.
  • Supply Chain Partnerships

  • recognize the benefits of strong supply chain partnerships.
  • match the five factors that contribute to the bullwhip effect to business practices that represent each.
  • determine the business practices that will implement each of the four information-sharing strategies.
  • match supply chain partnership strategies to business practices that represent each.
  • identify the five components of a supply chain an organization must prepare in order to ensure an effective global supply chain.
  • recommend steps for effectively implementing a global supply chain in a given scenario.
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