Logistics Course: Supply Chain and Procurement

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. Logistics management and supply chain are about creating efficient systems for the flow of materials, information, manufacturing process and other services from the raw materials right through to the final product as it reaches to the customers.

This introduction to Logistics course in the context of supply chain management, will 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. Align Business, Supply Chain and Logistics strategies to work together.
  2. Develop and evaluate strategies for logistics enterprises.
  3. Develop and maintain operational procedures for logistics enterprises.
  4. Prepare a Request for Proposal, Request for Tender and Statement of Works.
  5. Administer chain of responsibility policies and procedures
  6. Establish distribution networks
  7. Procure strategically, not just transactionally.
  8. Build strategic partnerships with suppliers through early involvement and win-win negotiations.
  9. Procure effectively within e-markets.
  10. Develop, implement and review purchasing strategies.

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 Agile Project Management Course: An Introduction.

Delivery Style

This logistics and procurement course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led 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.

About your instructor

John Scott

John Scott

John Scott applies the latest advanced practices in the fields of business, leadership, organisational psychology, analytics and engineering to educational delivery. He has been involved in management and training for more than 30 years. He has held senior corporate and general management positions for multinationals across a range of industries, both in Australia and overseas.

As a global management consultant, John captures the most recent thinking and practices in the short courses he teaches at the University of Newcastle. John is multi-disciplinary, being degree qualified in business, psychology and statistics. He is also an accredited lean engineering practitioner. He has spent the last 15 years designing courses for a range of leading Australian universities, as well as one of the world’s largest private universities. With this background John brings to the University of Newcastle the most up to date short courses that will help equip today’s professional in global leading practices.


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