Executive Development Program

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SCM Analytics: Gaming the Supply Chain Program

Managing complex supply chains in an uncertain environment is the focus of this program. In this rigorous and challenging program, you will learn about strategies/tactics for supply chain coordination, demand management, supply network planning, product design, and sourcing strategies.

Through interactions with eminent scholars in the field, you will compete in a set of online simulations (games) directed at enhancing your implementation skills. The program will also include panels with industry/academic experts to highlight the learning inherent in the program.

Key Benefits

The overall goal of the program is to demonstrate the value of supply chain analytics in a competitive setting. Through team exercises, the participants will recognize the value of collaborative efforts.


SCM Analytics: Gaming the Supply Chain” is an informative course for individuals highlighting the role and value of data analytics in a supply chain environment—utilizing data to demonstrate potential improvement opportunities in product availability, sales predictability and overall process efficiency. The course also introduces participants to the complexities and connections in a modern supply chain.

analyst for a major grocery chain

My organization sent two people to the ‘SCM Analytics: Gaming the Supply Chain’ Program and I was very pleased with the results. Both participants returned with questions we hadn’t previously asked, challenged the status quo and improvements were implemented within months.

vp of operations for a distributor

Who Should Attend?

  • Mid-level executives
  • Supply Chain Planners
  • Sourcing/Distribution Consultants/Analysts

Program Details

Module 1

Focus: Manage a domestic supply chain for a short-life cycle product.

Length of Module: 8 hours

Key Issues Explored:

  • Demand Forecasting (Seasonal Demand).
  • Installation of Additional Capacity.
  • Managing Operations through batching/Managing Inventory through order point systems.
  • Selection of Product Delivery (Transportation) Modes for satisfying customer demand.

Module 2

Focus: Manage an international supply chain for a short-life cycle product.

Length of Module: 8 hours

Key Issues Explored:

  • Demand Forecasting (Seasonal Demand; Random Demand; Causal Demand; “Pulse” Demand).
  • Demand driven Supply Chain Network Planning— where to build and install capacity; where to build distribution centers?
  • Managing Operations through batching/Managing Inventory through order point systems (for each node in the supply chain network).
  • Selection of Product Delivery (Transportation) Modes for satisfying customer demand (for each distribution node in the supply chain network).

Module 3

Focus: Information Sharing/Coordination within a Supply Chain.

Length of Module: 4 hours

Key Issues Explored:

  • Illustrate the “costs” of supply chain decisions with no information sharing/coordination.
  • Examine how these “costs” are lower with information sharing/coordination.
  • Extend the analysis to integrate supply/communication lead times.

Module 4

Focus: Design, Forecasting, Sourcing, and Operational Decision Making in a Multi-Product/Service Supply Chain.

Length of Module: 4 hours

Key Issues Explored:

  • Product Design (feasibility, margin, and demand impact).
  • Demand Forecasting (exploring trade-offs between lost sales and excess inventories).
  • Supplier Sourcing Strategies (single versus multiple supplier selection and how this impacts costs, supply lead times, and quantity disruption).
  • Operational Decision Making (exploring feasibility of revising supplier contracts, acquiring additional demand information, and responses to market trends).

Sample Daily Schedule

Full Breakfast
Session A: Introduction to Simulation/Game
Session B: Supply Chain Analytics
Lunch
Session C: Supply Chain Simulation/Game
Session D: Debrief
Dinner