Seminar Dates

May 2015 Seminar Schedule 

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  • $350 per session (only $299 before April 1, 2015)
  • $650 for any 2 sessions (only $599 before April 1, 2015)
  • $850 for any 3 sessions (only $749 before April 1, 2015)
  • $1,250 for all 5 sessions* (only $999 before April 1, 2015)

Call for group discounts for firms that sign up three or more employees.


  • Supply Chain & Logistics Management — Monday, May 18, 2015
  • Transportation & Freight Management — Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • Purchasing & Supply Management — Wednesday, May 20, 2015
  • International Logistics — Thursday, May 21, 2015
  • Inventory Management & Warehousing — Friday, May 22, 2015

All seminars  will be held on the campus of Niagara University from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Content is subject to change.

  • 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 2014-15

    • 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
    • Efficiency
    • 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
      1. What is Big Data?
      2. Using Big Date for Analysis
      3. Ethics
      4. Importance for Business
      5. 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

    Global Trade:

    1. International Opportunity
    2. Challenges
      1. Culture
      2. Risk
      3. Barriers
    3. Payment
    4. International Contracts
    5. Managing Your Supply Chain
    6. Export Regulation
      1. Nine steps to consider
    7. Foreign Trade Regulations
    8. Imports
      1. Harmonized Commodity
      2. NAFTA
      3. Bonds/Brokers/Duty
      4. Customs and Border Protection
      5. 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
      1. Holding Costs
      2. Managing Inventory
      3. ABC Analysis
    2. Warehouse Operations
      1. Concerns and Observations
      2. Warehouse Variables
      3. Picking and Packing
      4. Operational Thoughts
      5. Types of Warehouses
    3. Dimensional Weight
      1. Changes & Impacts
      2. Key Take-Aways
      3. Final Thoughts.
      Note:  Content is subject to change due to class discussion and time restrictions.