Secure Your Future by Expanding Your Supply Chain Management Knowledge – 100% Online!

Develop the multi-disciplinary awareness and practical techniques you need to excel in the complex and highly competitive world of supply chain management. Through information-packed lectures and hands-on simulations, this unique online program gives you the high-level perspective necessary to make decisions that benefit not only your department, but the organization as a whole. And, by acquiring the skills and knowledge to contribute to your company’s success, you ensure your own professional success as well.

Online Program Benefits

  • Gain insights into the synergistic relationships between supply chain components and the impact of your role on the organization
  • Improve the flow of information across the supply chain to facilitate channel- or system-wide initiatives
  • Implement process changes to better address customer demand and optimize your supply chain
  • Adapt the best practices of the world’s most successful corporations for use within your own company
  • Prepare for certification from leading industry organizations, including APICS and ISM

Supply Chain Management Courses

Each course runs for eight weeks and new sessions start monthly. Enrollment is open; there are no pre-requisites.

Functional Perspective of Supply Chain Management $1,480

ACE 2 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Whether you’re just entering the field of supply chain management, preparing to transition into a new role or hoping to move into a senior-level position, your perspective is critical to your success. Learn to see the world from a supply chain manager’s view — and make key business decisions based on that perspective — in Functional Perspective of Supply Chain Management.

Who Should Register?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to expand their supply chain knowledge and skills — from analysts and managers to directors and vice presidents. Functional Perspective of Supply Chain Management is designed to bring those with little or no formal supply chain training up to speed on key concepts, while helping seasoned professionals re-examine their foundational skills and fine-tune their approach to business challenges and opportunities.

What You’ll Study

Supply Chain Management Essentials
  • Modern Procurement and Supply Chain Approaches
  • Major Types of Supply Chains and the Issues Facing Them
  • Roles of Procurement and Operations Professionals in Supply Chain Management (SCM)
Setting the Strategy
  • Basis for Competing Through the Supply Chain
  • Impacts of IT on Supply Chain Strategy
  • Roles of Marketing, Sales and Channel Partners in Supply Chain Strategy
Planning and Sourcing
  • Effective Sourcing Strategies
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Key Lean Six Sigma Tools, and How They Converge with SCM
Production
  • Ways to Integrate Marketing and Sales Plans with Operations
  • Operational Plans and Master Scheduling
  • Supplier Development Programs
Distribution and Delivery
  • Components of a Competitive Logistics Infrastructure
  • Impacts of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) on SCM
  • Third-Party and Fourth-Party Logistics (3PL and 4PL) Provider Strategies
Sales Support, Post-Sales Support and Critical Elements
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Reverse Logistics and "Closed-Loop" Supply Chains
  • Impacts of the Internet and E-Business on SCM
  • Supplier Measurement and Scorecard Systems
Development of People, Infrastructure and Other Organizational Elements
  • Impacts of Culture in Leadership and Change Management
  • Elements of an Effective Risk-Management Approach
  • Governmental and Regulatory Concerns in SCM

Tactical Implementation of Supply Chain Management $1,480

ACE 2 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Delving into detailed tactics and tools, Tactical Implementation of Supply Chain Management teaches professionals how to apply, fine-tune and successfully implement the concepts introduced in Functional Perspective of Supply Chain Management. By the end of this course, participants will be fully versed in the procurement and operations aspects of supply chain management and well equipped to set up and run a supply chain in any industry.

Who Should Register?

Designed for those who have completed Functional Perspective of Supply Chain Management, this course shows students how to apply key supply chain principles and tactics. Whether your expertise is in planning, procurement, operations or logistics, Tactical Implementation of Supply Chain Management will enable you to improve your job performance and make more visible and valuable contributions to the supply chain as a whole.

What You’ll Study

Strategically Implementing the Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Cost-Management Strategies, Including Activity-Based Costing (ABC) and Value-Chain Analysis
  • Global Political and Cultural Impacts on Supply Chain Strategy
  • Outsourcing Strategies and Considerations
  • Operations Issues: Business Process Management (BPM)
  • Managing Uncertainty: Inventory Safety Planning and Control Techniques
Demand Planning for Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Planning and Implementation of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Initiatives
  • Designing the Supply Chain Infrastructure and "Closed-Loop" Supply Chain
  • Designing and Implementing Reverse Logistics Systems
Sourcing and Contracting for SCM
  • Sourcing Strategies
  • Managing Risks Through Contract Types
  • Preparing Solicitations and Evaluating Offers
Production, Distribution and Warehousing Aspects of SCM
  • Advanced Planning Systems (APS) and Supply Chain Optimization
  • Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Critical Chain Thinking
  • Operations Issues: Lean Six Sigma, Transportation Management Systems (TMS) and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
Technology Issues in SCM
  • Auto-ID Considerations
  • Selecting and Implementing Auto-ID Solutions
  • Supply Chain Planning and Execution Systems
Human Development, Infrastructure and Organizational Considerations for Mastering SCM
  • Designing and Implementing Employee Performance and Development Programs for SCM
  • Organizational Structures to Support SCM
  • Network Supply Chain Design Considerations in an Uncertain Environment

Strategic Best Practices of Supply Chain Management $1,480

ACE 2 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

In Strategic Best Practices of Supply Chain Management, you’ll study best-in-class business practices and key trends impacting the supply chain of the future. Detailed case studies impart insider tips on how to drive continuous improvement, while hands-on simulations illustrate the impact of your decisions throughout the product lifecycle. By the end of this course, you’ll possess the skills and knowledge to optimize your supply chain and help your organization achieve unprecedented synergy, efficiency and cost savings.

Who Should Register?

This course is ideal for supply chain professionals in any industry who aspire to move into or advance within management.

What You’ll Study

Key Trends in Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Advanced Theory of SCM: Designing and Managing World-Class Supply Chains
  • Evolution of Risk Management Approaches
  • Techniques to Analyze and Manage Supply Chain Productivity; Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) Approach
  • Procurement Issues: Kaizen and Target Costing Strategies for Advanced SCM Professionals
  • Leveraging Lean, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma Strategies Within SCM
Technology Focus: Trends and Tools
  • Components for Deploying SCMS, Including Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR) Techniques
  • Evolution of Demand-Driven Inventory Management, Including Inventory Strategy Optimization (ISO) Systems
  • Advanced Technology Tools, Including Radio Frequency ID (RFID) and Auto ID
Industry Focus: Future Trends and Considerations
  • Review of SCM Structure/Design Trends, Globalization Impacts and Technology Across Various Industries
    • Aftermarkets
    • Hard Goods and Automotive
    • Consumer Goods
    • Food/Beverage
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Military and Government Supply Chains
Leading World-Class Supply Chains
  • Supplier Development Programs (Including Design and Implementation), Supplier Scorecards and Continuous Improvement/Lean Six Sigma
  • Audits and Improvement
  • Target and Kaizen Costing Strategies
  • Human Resource Issues in SCM
  • Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) Model

Green Supply Chain Management $980

ACE 2 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Green Supply Chain Management reveals the implications of today’s most pressing environmental issues and demonstrates how green practices can actually save money, increase efficiency and reduce delivery time. Led by top supply chain, sustainability and environmental experts, this eight-week program will prepare you to successfully implement a green supply chain in any industry.

Who Should Register?

The Green Supply Chain Management training program will benefit professionals involved in any step of the supply chain, enabling them to leverage sustainable practices to reduce costs and comply with environmental legislation. It is also essential for environmental health and safety (EHS) practitioners, corporate social responsibility (CSR) specialists and C-level executives, whose actions and policies concerning green issues have a tremendous impact on consumer opinions of their organizations.

What You’ll Study

The Green Supply Chain: Essential Strategies and Foundations
  • Best Practices in Green Supply Chain Management
  • Green Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality Strategies
  • Critical Tools for Ensuring Quality
Carbon Accounting, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, GHG, Water and Land Use
  • Sustainable Development Within the Supply Chain
  • LEED: Sustainable Building and Green Factories
  • Embracing Corporate Social Responsibility
GHG and Climate Change Regulations, Impacts and Strategies
  • Regulatory Considerations and Sustainable Strategies
  • Imperative Global Warming Perspectives
  • Carbon Credits and Renewable Energy Credits
Manufacturing, Demand, Factory, Materials and Network Planning
  • Green Manufacturing, Forecasting and Strategies
  • Green Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • Case Study: Corporate Environmental Footprint
Supplier Management and Purchasing Essentials
  • Must-Know Green Purchasing Policies
  • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
  • Green Inventory Management and Procurements Plans
Transportation, Warehousing and Distribution
  • Green Network Analysis
  • Key Considerations for Green Transportation, Quality, Warehousing and Distribution
  • Expediting Deliveries and Conducting Follow-Up
Direct Delivery, Returns, Recycling and Reuse
  • Green Suppliers Network: Cost-Reduction Opportunities and Supplier Sustainability Scorecard
  • Direct Store Delivery Planning and Processes
  • Designing Continuous Improvement Into a Green Supply Chain
Value Enhancement Strategies
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Important Role of Product Origin and Traceability
  • Pivotal Supplier Product and Quality Issues

Lean Supply Chain Management $980

ACE 2 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Lean Supply Chain Management will show you how organizations in every industry are achieving substantial cost savings, lead-time reductions and quality enhancements with proven Lean practices – and how you can apply these same tools and strategies to develop your own world-class Lean supply chain. This eight-week advanced course is led by a team of expert Lean and supply chain practitioners. Their valuable tips, case studies and best practices provide a comprehensive understanding of Lean SCM, while their focus on practical applications empowers you to lead changes that will have an immediate positive impact on your supply chain.

Who Should Register?

This Lean Supply Chain Management training course provides valuable learnings for functional specialists and supply chain managers interested in leveraging Lean principles, as well as suppliers competing for customers in an increasingly Lean-oriented industry. Six Sigma and Lean practitioners will learn essential SCM concepts, enabling them to apply their skills to the supply chain and turn it into a competitive advantage.

What You’ll Study

What Is Lean Supply Chain Management?
  • Analyzing the Lean Supply Chain "Maturity Model"
  • Evolution of the Lean Supply Chain
  • Five Critical "Lean Thinking" Principles
Designing Lean Products and Services
  • Indispensable Lean "Voice of the Customer" Tools
  • Expert Tips for Lean Demand-Management Planning
  • Top Lean Tools and Techniques for Product Design
Designing the Lean Supply Chain
Physically and Virtually
  • Vital Lean Tools for Supply Chain Design and Risk Management
  • Lean Sourcing and Physical Infrastructure Design: Assessing, Maintaining and Improving Supplier Capabilities; Centralized vs. Decentralized
  • Lean Logistics Planning: Integrating the Logistics; 3PL, Cross-Docking, Milk Runs and Proximity
Lean Suppliers, Channels and Customers
  • Impact of Globalization on the Lean Supply Chain
  • Must-Know ERP and SCP Vocabulary, Structure and Principles for the Lean Supply Chain Professional
  • Leveraging ERP and SCM in the Lean Supply Chain
Lean IT and Communications for the Lean Supply Chain
  • Crucial Lean IT Elements for the Lean Supply Chain
  • Key Business-Process Management (BPM) and Related Tools to Support Lean Supply Chain Control and Execution
  • Lean Data Management and Synchronization
Lean Demand Management and Execution
  • Transforming Your Organization Into a Lean SCM Culture
  • Fundamentals of Changeover
  • Managing TAKT Times and Achieving Flow Across the Supply Chain
Lean Supply Chain Execution
  • Assuring the Quality of Products, Services and Information in the Lean Supply Chain
  • Lean Inventory Optimization
  • Lean Supply Chain Accounting, Metrics and Controls
Continuous Improvement and People in Supply Chain Management
  • Powerful Cost Kaizen Programs for Lean SCM
  • Supply Chain Continuous Improvement Simulation
  • Effective Lean SCM Model

Corporate and Environmental Sustainability $980

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | Contact Hours 45

Given the economic, social and environmental implications of each and every business decision, it’s no surprise that sustainability has emerged as a key focus for legislators, consumers and corporations alike. What may surprise you is that investment in sustainable practices can yield substantial returns – and a competitive advantage. Case in point: An Aberdeen Group study found that the sustainability initiatives of best-in-class companies led to cost savings of 6 to 10%, along with a 16% increase in customer retention rates.*

Corporate and Environmental Sustainability explores the far-reaching impact of companies’ actions in terms of people, planet and profit. Developed by leading sustainability experts, this advanced specialized certificate course reveals how to integrate sustainability in every aspect of your business – from strategy and planning to product design and marketing. In just eight weeks, you’ll master the critical concepts, tools and techniques required to put your organization on the path to sustainability – and greater success!

Who Should Register?

USF’s 100% online sustainability training course is ideal for newly appointed sustainability directors and “green team” members, as well as executives, managers and HR directors responsible for overseeing and/or training employees tasked with sustainability initiatives. It is particularly valuable for supply chain professionals, whose decisions, processes and suppliers directly contribute to an organization’s overall sustainability.

What You’ll Study

Introduction to Sustainability
  • Leading Environmental Issues
  • Climate-Change Science and Impacts
  • Key Principles and Best Practices of Sustainability
  • Essential Elements of the Sustainability Business Model
Why Sustainability Is a Strategic Business Issue
  • Sustainability Business Risks
  • Benefits of Sustainability
  • Leveraging Sustainability Initiatives for Favorable Financing and Insurance Rates
  • The “Walmart Effect” on Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Green Innovation, Tools and Design
The Carbon Market
  • Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Emission Trading Essentials and U.N. Emission Trading Agreement
  • U.S. Federal and Regional Cap-and-Trade Legislation
  • Global Carbon Markets and Carbon-Offset Market
Sustainability Planning
  • Strategic Planning and Sustainability
  • Obtaining Executive Buy-In on Sustainability Initiatives With a Focus on Bottom-Line Results
  • Conducting a Carbon Footprint Assessment
  • Green Building Standards and Sustainable Sourcing Practices
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies
  • Proven Techniques to Increase Energy Efficiency
Sustainability Initiatives by Industry Segments
  • Sustainability Best Practices in Key Industries: Consumer Goods, Hospitality, Real Estate Development, Insurance, Manufacturing, Energy Sector, Technology Sector and Local Government
Sustainability in Product Design
  • Must-Know Sustainability Design Principles and Tools
  • Lifecycle Assessment and Supply Chain Auditing
  • Implementing a Zero-Waste Resolution
  • Certification Schemes for Products and Packaging
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Community Engagement and Employee Training
  • Voluntary Standards and Codes of Conduct
  • Enterprise Sustainable Performance Management
  • Sustainability Monitoring and Reporting
Marketing Your Sustainability Efforts
  • Positioning your Sustainability Message
  • Establishing Successful Strategic Partnerships
  • Social Media and its Role in Marketing Sustainability
  • Using the Triple Bottom Line in Your Messaging
  • Evolution of Sustainability-Conscious Consumers and Current Trends: Consumption, Attitudes and Obstacles

* The ROI of Sustainability: Making the Business Case, by Cindy Jutras, Aberdeen Group, May 2009.