The Comprehensive Supply Chain Network Design Course

Learn and Master how to apply optimization & big data analytics to design an efficient and responsive supply chain
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  • Lectures 43
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

This Course is the first course in a series of courses on Supply Chain Optimization & Big Data Analytics. According to the “Supply Chain Talent of the Future” report published by Deloitte, more than 95% of the supply chain leaders identified big data analytics including optimization and predictive analytics as the foremost capability of the future and said either that their companies currently use them or that they expect to in the future.

As far as supply chain network design is concerned, it is the most critical discipline of supply chain & operations management as network costs contribute as much as 80% to the supply chain costs. Supply chain network design is necessary to implement a supply chain that can quickly and efficiently distribute the products. It is an important driver for growth and expansion of businesses. It would be no exaggeration to state that two of the planet's largest companies, Walmart and Amazon, have built their successful businesses around outstanding supply chain network design and operations.

This course will help you learn and master the art and science of supply chain network design & optimization. This course aims to teach you in detail how to use optimization to model and design a high performance supply chain.

Learn and Master the Practical Aspects of Supply Chain Network Design

  • Fundamental Concepts of Supply Chain Network Design
  • Advanced Network Modeling
  • Case Study Discussions
  • Supply Chain Network Optimization Problems
  • Real Life Network Design Project

Content and Overview

Through this course, you will learn fundamentals and establish a strong understanding of the concepts related to supply chain network design. In order to transform your learning into skills, the course includes case study discussions, network optimization sample problems and one real life project.

This course starts by giving you an overview of supply chain network design and then introduces you to supply chain optimization and use of Excel solver to solve supply chain problems.

Once the basics are mastered, the course helps you deep dive into network design and learn how to make network design decisions like facility location, capacity allocation, supply & demand allocation etc. The course also introduces some other components like service modeling and greenhouse gas emission modeling as part of network design.

I will then help you learn some advanced modeling strategies and finally will work with you on an hour long real life supply chain network design project. Upon completion you will have a strong understanding of supply chain network design and will be able to execute various types of network design projects.

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What are the requirements?

  • No special requirements. General knowledge about supply chain management will help
  • Computer with Microsoft Excel installed

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand fundamentals of supply chain network design
  • Model and solve complex supply chain network problems
  • Model and design an optimal supply chain network in real life

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone working in supply chain & logistics management, who is looking to gain a working understanding of supply chain network design
  • Students who are considering a career in supply chain analytics
  • Students and professionals interested in learning supply chain analytics and optimization

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Course Overview
Course Overview
Section 2: Fundamentals of Supply Chain Network Design
Introduction to Supply Chain Network Design
Understanding Trade-Offs in Supply Chain
Factors Affecting Supply Chain Design
Understanding and Evaluating Supply Chain Design Options
Case Study: The Evolution of Amazon's Distribution Network
5 questions

This quiz will test your understanding of the fundamental concepts of supply chain network design.

Section 3: Fundamentals of Supply Chain Modeling
Introduction to Supply Chain Modeling
Introduction to Optimization Modeling
Loading Excel Solver
Building & Solving a Basic Supply Chain Model in Excel
Calculating Distance between two Locations
Section 4: DeepDive: Supply Chain Network Modeling
Understanding Facility Location Decisions
Greenfield Analysis Method: How to Locate a Single Facility
Greenfield Analysis Method: How to Locate Multiple Facilities
Location Allocation Model: Choosing Facilities from a Set of Potential Locations
Understanding Capacity Allocation in Network Design
Location Allocation Model: Capacity Allocation
Understanding Supply & Demand Allocation in Supply Chain
Location Allocation Model: Supply & Demand Allocation
Modeling Assignment 1
Section 5: Supply Chain Network Modeling: Introducing Other Components
Determining Optimal Number of Facilities
Introducing Service Component in Network Design
Introducing Green Component in Network Design
Transportation Decisions in Network Design
Modeling Assignment 2
Section 6: Advanced Modeling Strategies
Section Introduction
Applying 80/20 Rule in Modeling
Aggregation in Modeling
Baselines and Scenarios
Infeasibility Analysis
5 questions

This quiz will test your understanding of the supply chain modeling strategies

Section 7: Real Life Supply Chain Network Design Project
Project Background
Initial Project DIscussion
Undestanding the Data
Planning the Model
Preparing the Data
Downloading and Loading Open Solver
Building the Baseline
Running Scenarios
Analyzing the Results
Section 8: Wrap Up
Challenges associated with Network Design Study
Supply Chain Network Optimization Tools
Wrap Up
Supply Chain Network Design Terminologies
4 pages

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Instructor Biography

B Mani, Supply Chain Trainer

Mani is a supply chain modeling expert with experience of executing 50+ strategic network and inventory optimization projects. He started his career as an external consultant for one of Middle East's leading pharmaceutical retail chain, where he led and successfully completed the network realignment part of the larger turnaround project.

Post that, Mani joined General Mills as a Supply Chain Modeling Consultant, where he was involved in multiple supply chain optimization projects. He also worked in the General Mills End-to-End Optimization Solutions (GEOS) organization in his capacity as the lead supply chain modeler.

Mani is a certified supply chain analytics professional, with experience of 500+ hours of training on various aspects of supply chain optimization & analytics. He enjoys training and mentoring others including clients and colleagues and

Since end of the last year, Mani decided to focus more on independent supply chain consulting services and on creating training courses for students, professionals and small businesses.

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