Logistics Course: Supply Chain and Procurement

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Logistics and procurement are core components of an organisation’s supply chain. This logistics course provides an overview of supply chain management across both goods and services industries, with an emphasis on conveying best practices in logistics and procurement processes.

The logistics course will comprehensively examine the dynamics along the supply chain, with emphasis on product logistics, event logistics and e-logistics processes. This will enable you to increase your professionalism in capturing supply chain efficiencies for the betterment of your organisation, whether it is in the commercial, not-for-profit or public sector. We will examine practical examples of how to improve your supply chain processes within each of these sectors so as to enable achievement of your supply chain targets.

The procurement section of this logistics course focuses on procurement practices for ongoing business (business as usual), rather than project procurement. We examine how to procure strategically, instead of merely executing a buying function. In so doing, we move from transactional purchasing to supplier relationship management. We will examine the benefit of early supplier involvement and a category management approach. The emerging and increasingly important role of e-markets will be reviewed for successful execution. You will learn how to develop a Request for Proposal, a Request for Tender and prepare a Statement of Works. Contract management will be covered and each content area supported by practical examples.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this logistics course you will be able to:

  1. Comprehensively review your supply chain for efficiencies.
  2. Discern whether your supply chain/logistics processes are capturing best practices.
  3. Understand how an organisation can gain competitive advantage using its supply chain/logistics function.
  4. Prepare a Request for Proposal, Request for Tender and Statement of Works.
  5. Procure strategically, not just transactionally.
  6. Build strategic partnerships with suppliers through early involvement and win-win negotiations.
  7. Build a valuable category management function to support your procurement processes.
  8. Procure effectively within e-markets.
  9. Strategically manage your supply chain to reduce cots.
  10. Create competitive advantage along your supply chain.

Course Content

This logistics course will cover the following content:

Overview of Supply Chain and logistics functions

  • Scope of supply chain versus logistics functions.
  • How the logistics function can add value to an organisation.
  • Traditional versus contemporary supply chains.

Product Logistics/Supply Chain

  • Ways of improving shareholder value.
  • Producer and Buyer-driven chains.
  • Forward and reverse distribution.

Event Logistics

  • Communicating, venue and special considerations.

e-Logistics/Supply Chain

  • Forward and reverse logistics.
  • IT in e-logistics.

Customer service measures in logistics

  • Trade-offs.
  • Service levels.

Transactional Procurement

  • Tactical cost management.
  • Negotiations.
  • Request for Quotes (RFQ).
  • Request for Proposals (RFP).
  • Request for Tenders (RFT).
  • Statement of Work (SOW).

Strategic Procurement

  • Cross-functional sourcing team.
  • Early supplier involvement.
  • Strategic supplier alliances.
  • Reducing total cost from the supply chain.
  • 3PL.


  • e-Procurement systems.
  • Reverse auctions.
  • Private e-markets.

Contract Management

  • Developing service levels.
  • Enhancing and sharing through establishing joint KPIs.
  • Internal controls to ensure compliance.

Intended Audience

This logistics course on supply chain and procurement is designed for individuals who wish to learn more about supply chain/logistics and procurement management principles in an ongoing business as usual role (as contrasted to a project procurement function). This logistics course particularly suits participants in a line management function where supply chain initiatives are imperative for delivering organisational objectives and competitive advantage.

Those who also have an interest in emerging project management methods may be interested in Project Management Course: Emerging Methodologies or Agile Project Management Course: An Introduction.

Delivery Style

This logistics and procurement course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor lead lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This logistics and procurement course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Course Features

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