Supply Management Training: Logistics



Introduction & Background

Learn the art and science of ensuring your customers needs are satisfied through the effective management of process and activities.

Supply Chain Management has been defined many ways by many different people and organizations. Essentially it boils down to ensuring that your customer needs are satisfied through the effective management of processes and activities, from the sourcing of materials and services, through the conversion/production phases, then finally to the customer through a distribution network.

The first two sessions will focus on setting the context for the rest of the course. Students will be able to identify the interdependencies between procurement, operations and transportation. The following seven sessions will focus on covering the key aspects of the Procurement, Operations and Transportation functions.

The goal of this course is to have participants appreciate the big picture and recognize that through its evolution Supply Chain Management has driven significant value and competitive advantage to those organizations that expend efforts in their Supply Chain Management activities.

The interconnections between procurement, operations and transportation will be explored in this course. Participants will discuss how to balance the pressures for large order sizes to achieve low unit costs with the competing pressures to keep order sizes low to minimize warehouse space and inventory obsolescence. The options of few centralized warehouses versus multiple distributed warehouses will be addressed. Among the topics covered are:

  • Forecasting
  • Uncertainty
  • Safety stocks
  • Customer service requirements
  • Computer systems such as DRP, WMS and TMS

Duration: 13 lessons (3 hours per lesson for a total of 39 hours)

  • Key Learning Objectives
    • Define a supply chain
    • Describe the importance of supply management
    • Describe the importance of forecasting
    • Describe the importance of inventory management
    • Describe the supply chain management planning process
    • Describe the role of transportation and warehousing
    • Describe how technology can support integrated supply chain processes
    • Assess the potential impact of supply chain initiatives or shortcomings


Program Fees

$850 plus GST

Includes course tuition and all teaching materials.

Registration Deadline

To Be Announced

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Megan Orr

Program Coordinator


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Instructor Profile

FredFred Hofmann

Fred Hofmann is the Supply Chain Advisor for Norseman Structures in Saskatoon and has been involved in the transportation, customs compliance and supply chain sector for over two decades. Fred has been an instructor with the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) since 2006 and teaches a number of the SCMA Diploma courses. He has sat on the Saskatchewan Board of Directors, SCMA and is a Past President & Membership - Education Director.

Required Textbook

Principles of Supply Chain Management: A Balanced Approach (3rd Ed.) by Joel D. Wisner, Keah-Choon Tan, and G. Keong Leong | 2011 | Published

The required textbook is not included in the tuition fee. You can purchase the textbook through the Registration Office. The textbook will be handed out at the first class.

SCMAPartnership Programming

Edwards School of Business is proud to partner with the Supply Chain Management Association to provide this program


University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received in writing at least 5 days in advance of the course start date will receive a full refund. Written cancellations received less than 5 days prior to the course will be subject to a $100 administration fee. Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost. Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal.

Fees subject to change without notice.

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