Focus Workshop - Distribution & Logistics Management

One-day Workshop

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The velocity of change brought about by the power of the customer, technology enablers, cost pressures, and globalization requires businesses to construct agile, flexible and fast-paced distribution and logistics functions. The distribution channel determines how products and services make their way from the manufacturer to the customer. Logistics facilitates this movement of materials and marketplace information through the distribution pipeline.

This one-day workshop will focus on Distribution and Logistics management.

Distribution and Logistics

The distribution channel determines how products and services make their way from the manufacturer to the customer. Logistics facilitates the movement of materials and marketplace information through the distribution pipeline. For the most part, logistics is concerned with the functions of warehousing and transportation and is charged with the responsibility of ensuring goods and services are available at the proper place and in the proper quantities. Topics discussed include:

  • Define distribution and logistics management
  • Distribution channels and intermediaries
  • Roles performed by the distribution function
  • Components of logistics management and operations
  • Reverse logistics
  • Role of the logistics function in supply chain management

Distribution Requirements Planning

Unlike replenishment methods that use statistical calculations to determine when orders should be released and what the order quantities should be, DRP determines inventory requirements by time-phasing supply to meet demand for each product at each warehouse in the distribution channel.   Topics discussed include:

  • Distribution channel dependencies
  • Push and pull functions
  • Replenishment methods or DRP?
  • DRP planning grid
  • Bill of distribution

Source:  Principles of Distribution & Logistics, sessions 2 & 5

Potential Audience

This workshop may be of interest to: material planners, supervisors, team leads, shipping and receiving, operations management.

Prerequisite(s)

A general understanding of manufacturing is preferred.

Materials

Participant guides will be provided.

Recommended reading (optional – will not be used during the workshop):

  • Introduction to Materials Management, 7th edition Arnold, Chapman, Clive
  • APICS Dictionary, 14th edition

Both books are available for purchase through the chapter.

Information

For more information, please contact education@apicsogv.org.