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Supply Chain Foundations

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Get a primer on supply chain management. Learn how to connect and integrate the links of sourcing, procurement, conversion, and logistics management.

What is supply chain management (SCM)? It's the system that connects and integrates the links of sourcing, procurement, conversion, and logistics management. In this course, professor Eddie Davila provides a detailed overview of all of the links in the typical supply chain. He explains what is involved in purchasing inventory and setting up supplier relationships, what you need to consider when deciding how to manufacture and design your product, and, lastly, how to address the logistics of distribution and delivery. Plus, get a glimpse into the world of the supply chain manager by discussing some of the hottest issues in SCM today: how to go global, the role of ethics and sustainability, and how SCM can help with disaster relief.


  • Supply chain for business professionals
1. What Is Supply Chain Management?
  • Parts of a supply chain
  • Changing nature of supply chain management
  • Establishing SCM goals
  • Understanding SCM across industries
2. Purchasing and Supplier Relationships
  • Inventory management basics
  • Choose a supplier
  • Develop good buyer and supplier relationships
3. Manufacturing and Operations
  • Manufacturing and operations basics
  • Choosing a location
  • Managing quality
4. Logistics
  • Logistics management basics
  • Packaging your product
  • Standard containers
  • Transporting and distributing your product
  • Delivering your product
  • Delivering the last mile
5. Supply Chain Integration
  • Integrating and coordinating the entire supply chain
  • Mitigating the bullwhip effect
  • Basic supply chain strategies
  • Understanding lean systems
6. Issues in SCM
  • Going global
  • Creating and managing an ethical supply chain
  • Creating sustainable supply chains
  • Dealing with disasters
  • Next steps

Taught by

Eddie Davila

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