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36-Hour Certificate Program

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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 two-fold: 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 supply chain management. You choose five of the six to complete the program and receive the Niagara Center of Supply Chain Excellence Certificate Plaque.

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

Niagara Center for Supply Chain Excellence – seminar titles and topics (subject to change)

Supply Chain & Logistics Management

  1. Brief Introduction to SCM
  2. Logistics
  3. State of Logistics
  4. Understanding the Supply Chain
  5. Strategic Nature of SCM
  6. Supply Chain Metrics

Procurement, Purchasing, and Negotiation

  1. Key points for Purchasing and Supply Management
  2. Importance of Purchasing/Supply Management
  3. Total Cost of Ownership
  4. Contracts
  5. Supplier Relations
  6. Negotiations
  7. Ethics
  8. Future Trends

Inventory Management and Warehousing

  1. Inventory
  2. Holding Costs
  3. Managing Inventory
  4. Warehouse Operations
  5. Concerns and Observations
  6. Warehouse Variables
  7. Picking and Packing
  8. Types of Warehouses
  9. Dimensional Weight
  10. Changes & Impacts

Transportation & Freight Management

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

Global Trade and Logistics

  1. Supply Chain Best Practices
  2. Supply Chain Terms
  3. Indirect vs Direct Goods
  4. Globalization
  5. Supplier Selection
  6. Risks and Barriers
  7. Types of Entry
  8. Rules, Regulations and Documents
  9. Export and Import
  10. Foreign Trade Regulations
  11. Harmonized Commodity
  12. Bonds/Brokers/Duty

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

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.”