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“Manufacturing—What’s the Future?”

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APICS' Principles of Inventory Management

Do You have the Inventory Fever? Too much of the stuff you don't need? Not enough of the things you do need?

The goal of this course is to impart an operational knowledge and understanding of inventory management principles and techniques, providing participants with a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the control of inventory and the impact that inventory can have on a business. Among the topics presented are inventory management fundamentals, ordering techniques, replenishment policies, JIT/lean, sourcing, and purchase order management and performance.


Participants are introduced to essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of inventory management. Basic methods of planning and controlling inventory in manufacturing, institutional, distribution, and retail environments are covered.

Who Should Attend? People new to the materials or operations field, or working in positions that interface with these functional areas, are encouraged to participate in this fundamentals learning opportunity. Professionals involved in buying/planning; cost accounting; design & industrial engineering; logistics acquisition; materials management, Shop Supervisors; MIS; production or supplier scheduling; and stockroom operations will also benefit by taking this course as a "refresher" to sharpen their existing skills.
More information here.


Basics of Supply Chain Management Begins Soon!

Scope: Introducing Supply Chain concepts and emphasizing basic terminology, the BSCM module traces the complete flow of inbound materials from your suppliers; through planning processes, transformation operations, and materiel management activities; and distribution of outbound end items to your customer. Get a comprehensive overview of successful manufacturing strategies with a solid understanding of functional interfaces and cost decision tradeoffs to optimize your organization's Supply Chain performance.

Who Should Attend? Industry newcomers, logistics professionals, and those seeking to advance into managerial roles should take this course. Anyone active in daily details of production or repair, planning, purchasing, logistics, or operations control will bring home proven techniques to eliminate non-value-added activities, reduce costs and cycle times, and improve Customer Service.
There are substantial pre-course reading assignments to complete before every class, including the first. Students must bring highlighters and a calculator with square root function to every session. . More information here.

Ready to take the course? Register here.