Seminar Dates

May 2014 Seminar Schedule

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  • $350 per session (Only $299 before March 31, 2014)
  • $650 for any 2 sessions (Only $599 before March 31, 2014)
  • $850 for any 3 sessions (Only $749 before March 31, 2014)
  • $1250 for all 5 sessions* (Only $999 before March 31, 2014)

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


  • Supply Chain & Logistics Management – Monday, May 12, 2014
  • Transportation & Freight Management – Tuesday, May 13, 2014
  • Purchasing & Supply Management – Wednesday, May 14, 2014
  • International Logistics – Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • Inventory Management & Warehousing – Friday, May 16, 2014

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

Supply Chain Management
The Supply Chain Management concept continues to evolve, encompassing logistics, procurement, and production. Understand the basic ideas, key principles and philosophies that make SCM a cohesive business discipline. What does it take to use SCM to help your firm gain a competitive advantage? Within these themes, the following specific topics are covered:
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
   Evolution from Distribution and Purchasing
   Understanding the SCM concept
Understanding the Supply Chain: Key Themes and Myths of SCM
Logistics and SCM Metrics
   What logistics managers must do well!
   Measures of SCM Service
   Supply Chain Cost Measures
SCM Today
   Issues and Trends
Logistics Management
   Boundaries, History, Importance
   Lessons from Leaders

Transportation and 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:
Overview of Transportation Industry and  Introduction to Traffic Management
   Overview of Traffic Management Responsibilities
   Overview of U.S. Freight Transportation Industry
   Segments of Transportation and Definitions 
   Freight Railroad Industry
   Carrier-Shipper Relationships
   Introduction to Freight Rates
   Fuel Surcharge Practices
   Important Regulatory Information
LTL Overview
   Other charges
   Bill of Lading
   Carrier Liability
   Tips for Traffic Managers   

Purchasing and 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.

  • Key points and the importance of Purchasing/Supply Management
  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • Bid or Negotiate
  • Contracts
  • Supplier Relations
  • Negotiations
  • Ethics
  • Future Trends

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. Among the topics covered:

Global Optimization and International Impact


Free Market Economy

U.S. Customs Laws


Foreign Trade Zones



Exporting Overview


Export Controls


Harmonized Tariff Schedule


The class will get an understanding of how the national strategy on import shipments has shifted from collection of duties to protection of Americans and what importers have to do to comply with the latest customs directives. On exports we will outline Harmonized Tariffs and how they are used.

There will also be a focus on international logistics and differences between modes of transport in cost, convenience and liability. The course is taught by Jack Ampuja who has been an executive with five Fortune 500 firms and holds citizenship in three countries. 


Inventory Management and Wareshousing

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.



  • Manual Handling Principles
    • Weights
    •  Minimizing
    • Reduce Forces & Lowering Force


  • Storage & Material Handling
    • Observation
    • Height
    • Types of Racks
    • Picking
    • Trends




  • Why Hold Inventory?
  • Inventory Holding Costs
  • Cash Flow Impact
  • Turnover Rate
  • Inventory to Sales Ratio
  • Total Supply Chain Costs
  • Order Cycle Time
  • Visibility
  • Collaboration
  • Fill-Rate
  • Reorder Point
  • How Much to Order?
  • How Much Safety Stock?

This program is designed for those working in logistics, operations, manufacturing, inventory control and supply chain management functions wanting to get a full perspective on warehousing issues and opportunities.