Developing a Logistics Strategy

09-02-2020 - 13-02-2020 3300 Abu Dhabi


Course Introduction:


This seminar is aimed at both suppliers and buyers who need an overview of the key drivers involved when viewing supply chains from a logistics/demand point of view. The purpose of this seminar is to explain and appreciate what logistics and supply chain management are fundamentally about so that delegates are able to apply key techniques in controlling time and the movement of goods and materials to customers and users.


Emphasis is made of finding the right cost and service balance. It provides practical skills to take back to the workplace to enable delegates to change current methods and activities and work better with all supply chain players and the 8 Rules for Effective Supply Chain Management will be used and applied in practical ways.



Course Objectives:


Delegates will understand what logistics and supply chain management are fundamentally about to help them appreciate that time is cash. This highlights the fact that movement to the customer is all that adds value and working with all of the supply chain players pays. They will be encouraged to look outside of the box by applying the Rules for Effective Supply Chain Management.



Who Should Attend?


  • Supply, Buying, Purchase, Logistics, Materials and supply Chain Professionals
  • Those who need to develop their understanding of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Those who are looking for business gains and benefits from managing their supply chains more effectively


Course Outline:


Day 1:

Understanding what Logistics and the Supply Chain are about

  • Definitions of logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • The interrelations and connections of Buying, Making, and Selling activities
  • History and the development
  • Understanding the Supply Chain dynamics


Models for Supply Chain Management

  • Supply Chain Operations Reference Models (SCOR)
  • The Theory of Constraints (TOC)


Day 2:

Key Aspects and Rules of Supply Chain Management

  • The cost/service balance
  • Customer service principles
  • Lead times throughout the supply chain
  • Adding value
  • Production options/changes
  • Trade off opportunities


Day 3:

The Benefits of adopting a Supply Chain approach

  • Understanding the sub functional conflicts
  • Benefits within and between functions
  • Taking a supply chain view of total acquisition costs
  • Accepting that competitive advantage comes from the Supply Chain


How a Supply Chain approach changes traditional ways

  • Looking at demand amplifications, and the “Forester” effect,
  •  Appreciating the effects of uncertainty and unresponsiveness
  • Seeing how we currently manage the supply chain
  • Changing the way we manage the Supply Chain for effectiveness


Day 4:

Impacts to Supplier/Customer relationships

  • Practical effects on lot sizes/order quantities
  • Reducing costs
  • Sharing developments and collaborating
  • Eliminating internal and external barriers
  • Interfacing versus integrating relationships


Strategic approaches

  • Segmentation and Product formatting
  • Business strategies and the supply chain
  • Supply chain planning
  • Gaining competitive advantage
  • Considering outsourcing
  • Using postponement and consolidation logistics
  • Examining demand planning
  • Approaches of Quick Response (QR), Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) and collaborative Planning and Forecast Requirement (CPFR)
  • The Lean supply chain


Day 5:

Making Supply Chain Improvements

  • Manufacturing and Retailer case studies
  • The major lessons and key aspects from experience
  • Oil and Gas in the UK experiences
  • Key questions to be answered


Implementing a Logistics/Supply Chain management approach

  • The changes needed with suppliers and customers
  • The changes need to internal organization and management practices
  • Potential action needed
  • The “doing nothing” future, with “lessons from experience”
  • Guarding against future of higher stock levels and competition gains
  • Breaking down traditional silo/closed management


The 5-step approach to logistics and Supplier Development

  • The model (“should we, Benefits and Drawbacks, Internal Issues, Key Issues, And Finally”) – The Supply Chain Rules (Encore)
  • The rules to give competitive advantage from effective Supply Chain Management





Course Methodology:


A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques 
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation



Course Fees:


This rate includes participant’s manual, Hand-Outs, buffet lunch, coffee/tea on arrival, morning & afternoon of each day.



Course Timings:


Daily Course Timings:

    08:00 - 08:20       Morning Coffee / Tea

    08:20 - 10:00       First Session

    10:00 - 10:20       Coffee / Tea / Snacks

    10:20 - 12:20       Second Session

    12:20 - 13:30       Lunch Break & Prayer Break

    13:30 - 15:00       Last Session

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