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Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Supply Chain Risk Management

Instructor: Dr. Ahmed Mohib

Current challenges in supply chain management are how to identify, measure and mitigate the risk effects. This course is aimed at enabling participants to identify the different types of risk associated to suppliers as well as the whole supply chain networks. Some of the practical and recent topics are selected to add to the participant's existing supply chain management background. Furthermore, an experiential approach is utilized in some of the topics to give the participants a hands on experience. Finally different case studies will be used to engage and expose participant to management best practices.

Participants will be expected to cover few materials on their own before each session in order to dedicate the course time to more experiential content.

Course Outline

Topic Description
Introduction to Supply Chain Management An overview on recent development in the field of logistics and supply chain.
Risk Identification In this module participants will experiment a supply chain simulation and learn about different risk types. They will learn how to classify the risk and expect its effects.
Risk Measurement and Mitigation In this topic participants will be introduced to different methods to measure the risk and making the appropriate decisions to mitigate the risk effects.
Sustainability in Supply Chain In this section, the participants will be exposed to the importance of including sustainability in managing supply chain and making decisions.
Future Challenges A new perspective on the supply chain management will be introduced to the participants.
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Logistics Contemporary and Applied Topics

Instructor: Dr. Ahmed Deif

This course is aimed at exposing participants to contemporary topics in the field of logistics and supply chain. Some of the practical and recent topics are selected to add to the participants existing logistics background. Furthermore, an experiential approach is utilized in some of the topics to give the participants a hands-on experience. Finally, different case studies will be used to engage and expose participants to international logistics management best practices.

Participants will be expected to cover few materials on their own before each session in order to dedicate the course time to more experiential content.

Course Outline

Topic Description
Introduction to Contemporary International Logistics An overview on recent development in the field of logistics and supply chain.
Customer Value in Supply Chain In this topic participants will learn about value chain how to map a value across that chain. Participants will also learn how to map process flow of both products and information using a car assembly line. The experiment will involve mapping of the line before and after implementing different Lean Six Sigma improvements.
Coordinated Product and Supply Chain Design In this module participants will be introduced to modular product design concepts for better supply chain performance. By performance we mean either transportation, distribution or production. Techniques will include late differentiation, standardization and modular approaches.
Dynamics of Supply Chains In this experiment participants will understand and experience the effect of variability on system’s performance. This supply chain simulation is designed to also illustrate the impact that systems, subsystems and other contributing factors have on organizational results.
Culture and Logistics A new perspective on the impact of national culture in global supply chain management.
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Fresh Produce Distribution Packaging

Instructor: Dr. Jay Singh

As a result of dramatic economic and technological changes across a range of industrial sectors, particularly the globalization and outsourcing of some portion of nearly all value-added products, packaging science and technology has become – more than ever - a key to business success. There are also new demands on the packaging industry to improve its environmental footprint, reduce energy consumption, enhance recycling and contribute positively to global sustainability. For all of these reasons, packaging is now a ~$1 trillion industry worldwide that is growing at a healthy rate – and one that needs to maintain and enhance its core technologies.

This workshop aims at providing participants with a basic understanding of distribution packaging, its design requirements to meet the distribution demands and provide field-tours to observe commercial operations. Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Classify various levels of packaging used in modern distribution practices
  • Demonstrate knowledge of distribution packaging design and validation processes
  • Appraise the optimal distribution packaging for fresh produce distribution
  • Develop packaging systems for implementation in modern fresh produce distribution
The workshop will include field-tours to regional (Central Coast of California) commercial operations. A minimum requirement for this workshop includes successful completion of at least one college level courses in physics, chemistry and CAD based design.

Lecture Descriptions

  1. Introduction to packaging: basic terminologies, materials and functions
  2. Corrugated fiberboard material and design basics
  3. Post-harvest fresh produce distribution basics
  4. Standard testing practices for validation of packaging in distribution labs

Laboratory Descriptions

Topic Description
Packaging Functions Packaging is a socio-scientific discipline that operates as a system of product, packaging and distribution. This activity will familiarize participants to the various functions a package performs. Participants will discuss the following functions of packaging with regards to the samples provided: protection, utility/convenience, visual positioning, product identification, & affordance.
Corrugated Fiberboard Terminologies, Regulations and Testing The following activities will familiarize participants to the basic terminologies, regulations and material testing used globally.
  • Basis Weight (BW) of paperboard/containerboard
  • Burst Test and Edge Crush Test (ECT)
  • Carrier Regulations – Railroads and Truck-lines
Corrugated Fiberboard Box Construction Over 90 percent of all goods in most developed countries are shipped in corrugated boxes. This activity will allow participants to learn about industry standard practices related to corrugated fiberboard grades and designs, measuring a container, scoring allowances, and box tolerances. In this activity participants will construct a regular slotted container (RSC). The participants will become familiar to terms such as crease, slots, blanks, material utilization, etc.
Pre-shipment Testing During distribution, packaged goods undergo various hazard elements such as compression, shocks and vibration. This activity will provide hands-on experience to participants on the following package testing equipment:
  • Compression Tester
  • Incline Impact Tester
  • Drop Tester
  • Vibration Tester

Field-Tour Descriptions

The field-tour program will transport workshop participants out of the classroom/laboratory space, and in to the heart of grower/packer/shipper operations in the Central Coast of California. These tours and demonstrations will provide valuable real-world perspectives and bring the classroom and laboratory activities to life.

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Warehousing & Inventory in Supply Chain Management

Instructors: Dr. Abdelaziz M. Mohamed

Warehousing and Inventory Control play a major role in supply chain management. They represent the locations and amounts of stored materials, purchased parts, supplies, and work-in-process inventory. Inventory and warehousing are regarded as two of the major supply chain drivers that can be used to control the supply chain performance. High inventory levels make the supply chain more responsive, while low inventory levels make it more efficient. The choices of the number of warehouses, warehouse locations and size impact the supply chain performance. In this training program, we will go into further detail discussing inventory control and warehousing. We will also tackle several case studies in the retail and pharmaceutical industries.

Lecture Descriptions

  1. Introduction – Inventory Management
  2. Inventory Classifications- Case Study in Pharmaceutical
  3. Inventory Models
  4. Warehouse Design
  5. Stock Coding and Safety
  6. Material Handling Equipments
  7. Warehousing Operations

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Enrollment Info

Dates Program Fee Apply Online
July 1 - 31 $1,550* Enroll Now
*Transportation, housing and meals not included
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