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Supply Chain Essentials

Non Credit Bearing
Course Category: 
Business Skills

Duration: 1 Day

Time: 8:30 - 4:00

In today’s interconnected world, understanding Supply Chains is not just a skill, it’s a superpower.

An understanding of the Supply Chain can help you see the big picture, connect the dots, and appreciate how each piece of the puzzle contributes to producing products in a way that enhances customer loyalty.

This foundational 1-Day Supply Chain Essentials course will help you improve your performance in your current role and contribute more effectively to your organisation’s success.


  • What is Supply Chain Management? Understand the key processes and how they create value
  • Demand Planning: Learn about its role and the principles of forecasting
  • Conversion Process: Get insights into material requirements planning, capacity planning, and production planning
  • Logistics and Inventory Management: Discover the basics of logistics, stock control, and maintaining customer service levels
  • Supplier Relationship Management: Learn about strategic sourcing and how to enhance supplier performance


Whether you’re on the shop floor, managing inventory, working in sales or procurement, or just starting your journey in the corporate world, mastering Supply Chain essentials can make you an invaluable asset to your team and open up exciting new career growth opportunities.

  • Entry-level and Shop Floor Staff
  • Logistics, Stores and Warehousing Staff
  • Sales Teams
  • Staff at all levels who have little or no experience in working within a Supply Chain managed environment


By the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding of how each part of the Supply Chain is interconnected and how your role contributes to the larger picture.


1.         What is Supply Chain Management?

1.1       Identifying the Supply Chain

1.2       Key Processes in the Supply Chain

1.3       Creating Value through Supply Chain Management

1.4       Supply Chain Performance Metrics

1.5       Basic Supply Chain Strategies

2.         Demand Planning

2.1       The Role of Demand Planning

2.2       Forecasting Principles and the Bullwhip Effect

3.         Demand to Supply: the conversion process

3.1       Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

3.2       Capacity Planning

3.3       Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)

3.4       Master Production Scheduling (MPS)

3.5       Production Planning

4.         Logistics and Inventory Management

4.1.      Logistics

4.2       Stores and Stock Control

4,3       Independent Demand Ordering Systems

4.4       Safety Stock and Customer Service Levels

5.         Supplier Relationship Management

5.1.      Strategic Relationships & Benefits of Strategic Sourcing

5.2.      Alliances and Their Benefits

5.3.      Creating Successful Relationships