36-Hour Certificate Program

Certificate Program

The Niagara University Supply Management Certificate Program is designed to be a comprehensive and convenient way to learn about managing key aspects of the supply chain. It is designed as a professional development resume builder for managers with no formal logistics education.

The purpose is twofold: First, to learn practical ways to save money and improve performance in key areas of the supply chain. Second, the student will gain a broader perspective on management and drivers of the supply chain, thus enhancing career advancement.

Niagara University’s Center for Supply Chain Excellence is offering a new format for its Supply Management Certificate Program. Six one-day programs are offered on key concepts in SCM. You choose five of the six to complete the program and receive the Niagara Center of Supply Chain Excellence Certificate Plaque.

Click here for the dates of our May 2015 and registration form.

Each seminar day has two goals: Introduce the participants to key management concepts and then discuss leading edge practices and current issues.

Supply Chain & Logistics Management

1. Brief Introduction to SCM

  • Evolution from Distribution and Purchasing
  • Understanding the SCM concept

2. Logistics

  • Leverage, History, Function
  • Outsourcing

3. State of Logistics

  • Transportation and fuel
  • Outlook

4. Understanding the Supply Chain

  • Key Themes and Myths of SCM

5. Strategic Nature of SCM

  • Cooperation and Collaboration
  • What forces drive the supply chain?
  • Theory vs. Reality

6. Supply Chain Metrics

  • Seven Challenges of SCM


  • Revenue

7. Discussion and Questions from Participants

Note: Content is subject to change due to class discussion and time restrictions.


Transportation & Freight Management

The largest cost element in supply chain logistics is freight transportation.  As costs rise, it becomes more important to understand the fundamentals of freight transportation markets and how corporate traffic management can be managed for greater efficiency.  Therefore, this course will focus on:

  1. Overview of Transportation and “Traffic”
  2. Overview of U.S. Freight Transportation Industry
  3. Modes of Freight Transportation, including Truckload and LTL,
  4. Understanding the carrier  
  5. Documentation and Claims Overview
  6. Freight Rates
  7. Fuel Surcharge Practices and Examples
  8. Important regulatory Information
  9. LTL Overview
  10. Markertplace Dynamics
  11. LTL Pricing
  12. How to Leverage Freight Savings

Note:  Content is subject to change due to class discussion and time restrictions.


Purchasing & Supply Management

As Supply Chain Management evolves so does the level of emphasis and awareness that spotlights procurement both in terms of responsibility and from an organizational perspective.  Learn about this along with supplier evaluation, ethics, negotiating, international sourcing in a world economy, and the sourcing of services.  In this short course see what is expected of Purchasing to be a meaningful contributor to the overall success of the organization.

1. How Big Data Already Changed Everything

  • What is Big Data?
  • Using Big Date for Analysis
  • Ethics/Importance for Business
  • Challenges/Cost

2. Key points for Purchasing and Supply Management

3. Importance of Purchasing/Supply Management

4. Total Cost of Ownership

5. Contracts

6. Supplier Relations

7. Negotiations

8. Ethics

9. Future Trends

Note: Content is subject to change due to class discussion and time restrictions.


International Logistics

Import & Export are important facets of the US economy and continue to expand at much faster rates than domestic business. Unfortunately international has unique complexities which create special rules, regulations and requirements. This course will focus on how a company can cope with import & export.

Global Optimization and International Impact

  1. Global Trade
  2. International Opportunity
  3. Challenges
  4. Culture
  5. Risk
  6. Barriers
  7. Payment
  8. International Contracts
  9. Managing Your Supply Chain
  10. Export Regulation
  11. Nine steps to consider
  12. Foreign Trade Regulations
  13. Imports
  14. Harmonized Commodity
  15. NAFTA
  16. Bonds/Brokers/Duty
  17. Customs and Border Protection
  18. Foreign Trade Zones

Note:  Content is subject to change due to class discussion and time restrictions.


Inventory Management and Warehousing

The second largest cost element in supply chain logistics is inventory management.  Managing inventories effectively is often overlooked in business because inventory carrying costs such as obsolescence, storage, and the opportunity cost of money are indirect costs.  Furthermore, the ambiguity about who is responsible for inventory often frustrates good inventory management.   This short course is designed to ensure that participants understand the cost impact of inventory management in the supply chain and provide an understanding of basic tools to better control inventory costs.

  1. Inventory
  2. Holding Costs
  3. Managing Inventory
  4. ABC Analysis
  5. Warehouse Operations
  6. Concerns and Observations
  7. Warehouse Variables
  8. Picking and Packing
  9. Operational Thoughts
  10. Types of Warehouses
  11. Dimensional Weight
  12. Changes & Impacts
  13. Key Take-Aways
  14. Final Thoughts

Note:  Content is subject to change due to class discussion and time restrictions.

Looking for customized training and education?

Customized corporate training by Jack Ampuja, Dr. Kling, and other experienced instructors can be arranged through the Niagara Center for Supply Chain Excellence.

One Hour Corporate Briefings

Jack Ampuja has worked with Fortune 500 firms and presented to groups large and small, locally and nationally. An experienced manager, educator and consultant, he brings this experience and knowledge to his presentations and can answer many of your questions about the latest trends in supply chain management. He is available to do one hour briefings to executive teams on a variety of supply chain topics - including "Logistics Trends," "International Supply Chain management, "Collaborative Purchasing," "Outsourcing," "Strategic Inventory Management," and "Customer Service Measurement."  

Contact Jack Ampuja directly at Jtampuja@niagara.edu.