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How well a company manages their supply chain can have a significant impact on the profitability, efficiencies and customer service of the business. So if you want to make sure that your supply chain is as streamlined as possible and results in customer service you can be proud of AstroTech is running a training course on “Supply Chain Management”. The course covers the following key topics:

Introduction to logistics & supply chain management

  • Importance of Logistics/SC in business
  • Logistics/SC and strategy
  • Customer service Levels               
  • Logistic information systems
  • Setting Logistics strategy              
  • Performance measurement
  • Logistics/SC as it relates to customer value
  • Purchasing, Inventory, Operations, Warehousing, Material handling, Transport and Distribution         

Inventory management skills

  • Analysis of demand           
  • Inventory planning
  • Forecasting techniques                 
  • Inventory control
  • Inventory management
  • Inventory & least cost logistics
  • Forecasting and demand management
  • Secrets of superior inventory performance
  • Costs and how to manage them - inventory carrying costs
  • Pros and cons of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)
  • Optimal inventory decision making: Introducing DRP, ABC and JIT

Forecasting sales or usage          

  • The key to effective forecasting    
  • How to measure forecast accuracy
  • How to improve forecast accuracy 

Transport management skills

  • Modes of transport  
  • Operator legislation
  • Driver and vehicle legislation
  • Transport planning
  • Transport operations
  • Fundamental transport economics
  • Transportation Strategy      
  • Buying transportation services
  • Auditing and monitoring carriers     
  • Where to find transportation savings
  • Understanding the regulatory framework
  • Transportation trends for the 21st century
  • Private fleet, common carrier or contractor

Purchasing management skills

  • Procurement and Packaging
  • Purchasing procedures
  • Production planning and control      
  • Purchasing and TQM
  • Price negotiations     
  • Management of suppliers
  • The role of purchasing and materials management

Warehousing management skills

  • Supervising the warehouse  
  • Warehousing layout and design
  • Calculating space requirements      
  • Managing warehouse operations
  • Quality improvement



  • Production and Inventory management
  • Supply chain and procurement managers
  • Logistics managers
  • Purchasing managers
  • Anyone in the disciplines of purchasing, material planning and control, warehousing and transport


  • Understand the key drivers of supply chain performance
  • Be able to develop solutions for a variety of supply chain management and design problems
  • Design logistics systems and formulate integrated supply chain strategy
  • Identify improvement opportunities that exist within supply chains


  • Training Manual & CD
  • All delegates receive one month of telephonic support relating to course content


Provision of the course by AstroTech includes:

  • Professional Presentation of the subject matter
  • All course material & tutorials
  • 1 month of related telephonic support.

The course is 3 days in duration.


Please note that the venue, lunch and refreshments must be provided in-house and is not included in the cost of the course.

For more information on AstroTech in-house courses, please contact AstroTech on 0861 Astro T (0861 278 768) or 011 582 3222 or