Basics of Supply Chain Management - APICS - Interactive Live Webinar


23 hours - 9 Live Webinar sessions of 2,5 hours


16 November 2023


2'970 CHF + VAT


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Basics of Supply Chain Management - APICS - Interactive Live Webinar

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The Basics of Supply Chain Management course is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to gain an understanding of the concepts of Supply Chain Planning and Inventory Management. The course offers a combination of theory and practice covering all major aspects of supply chain management.

Upon completion of the course and completion of the online final exam, participants will receive the prestigious ASCM/APICS Supply Planning Certificate.

The course provides a solid foundation of knowledge useful for those working in the supply chain environment. With a focus on practice, the course includes exercises and case studies that help participants put the concepts they have learned into practice.


The objectives of this course are:

  • Transfer basic knowledge to manage the complete flow of materials in the Supply Chain from the Supplier to the Customer
  • Introduce and explain in detail the professional terminology of the Planning & Inventory Management Area


If you are interested in a career in the supply chain field or simply want to gain a greater understanding of its underlying principles, the Basics of Supply Chain Management course is perfect for you. Register today to guarantee your place in the next training session.


Upon request, Advance also offers in-house training programs.

  • Teaching plan

    The structure of the course and the detailed programme are listed below.




    The course consists in 9 live webinar sessions of 2,5 hours each. The intensive format of the webinar requires independent study, between sessions, to make the learning process more effective.

    The course and the final exam are in English.



    1. What Is Synchronized Planning?



    Why Do Companies Plan?
    How Do Companies Plan?

    Manufacturing Planning and Control (MPC) System
    MPC Overview
    Strategic Planning
    Operations Management Planning
    Operations Execution
    Distribution Planning
    Technologies within Strategic Planning

    What Is Synchronized Planning?
    Synchronized Planning Definition
    Digital Capabilities Model (DCM)
    Why Synchronized Planning?
    Level 1 Capabilities
    Level 2 Capabilities

    Additional Digital Information Technology for Supply Chains
    Technologies within the Digital Supply Chain


    2. Strategic Planning – Business Planning


    Market and Technology Variables in Business Planning

    Current and Evolving Environments
    Industry Advances and Technological Evolution
    Digital Development


    Synchronized Business Planning Hierarchy

    Introduction to the Planning Hierarchy
    Synchronizing the Mission – Getting Everyone on the Same Page
    Synchronizing the Vision – Keeping Everyone on the Same Page
    Strategic Plans – Balanced Scorecard
    Strategic Plans – Channel Network and Scenario Planning
    Synchronizing Financial Planning and Growth Strategy
    Financial Planning – Profit and Loss Statements
    Financial Planning – Sales and General Administrative Expenses
    Business Imperatives – Synchronizing Resources with Objectives
    Functional Support – Synchronizing Recourses with Objectives
    Synchronizing Core Process with Strategic Planning Objectives


    Other Tools and Techniques to Support Synchronized Business Planning

    Hoshin Kanri - Vertical and Cross Functional Alignment of Objectives
    Portfolio Life Cycle Planning–Synchronizing Plans with Product Life Cycles
    The ASCM Sustainability Framework
    Operations Strategy – Manufacturing Environments
    Operations Strategy – Inventory Planning
    Supply Chain Strategies
    Synchronizing Strategy for Multiple Business Units (in Larger Businesses)


    3. Strategic Planning – Demand Planning and S&OP


    Demand Planning

    Misguided Assumptions
    Synchronizing with Business Planning
    Business Plan Objectives
    Marketing Investments
    Sales Management
    Historical Time - Series Data
    Digital Contract Management


    Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    S&OP Overview
    Prerequisite Activities and Data Gathering
    Key Measurements
    Scheduling the Monthly S&OP Cycle and Steps
    Software and Product Line Templates
    S&OP Cycle and Final Meeting Agenda
    Roles and Responsibilities in S&OP
    Tiered S&OP
    S&OP Handoff to the Organization


    4. Tactical Planning – Master Scheduling/MRP/Capacity Management


    Master Scheduling Overview

    Objectives of Master Scheduling
    Relationship of Master Scheduling to Other Plans
    Differences in Master Scheduling based on Manufacturing Strategy/Business Environments
    Inputs to the MPS


    The Master Scheduling Process

    The MPS Grid
    Steps in the Master Scheduling Process
    Managing Change and the MPS


    Material Requirements Planning Overview

    Objectives of MRP
    Relationship of MRP to Other Plans
    Inputs to MRP
    Bills of Material
    Types of Bills of Material
    Other Uses for Bills of Material


    The MRP Process

    The MPS Grid
    Steps in the Master Scheduling Process
    Managing Change and the MPS


    Capacity Management

    Types of Capacity
    Capacity Planning Levels
    Methods of Measuring Capacity
    Capacity Required (Load)
    Scheduling Techniques
    Managing Overloads and Underloads


    Closed - Loop Planning


    5. Operations Execution – Purchasing and Production Activity Control, APS



    Purchasing versus Procurement
    Relationship with Synchronized Plans
    Purchasing Cycle
    Current Functions and Trends
    Environmentally Responsible Purchasing
    Ethical Sourcing
    Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
    Purchasing Performance Measurements


    Production Activity Control (PAC)

    PAC Objectives and Functions
    Types of Manufacturing
    Data Requirements
    Manufacturing Lead Time
    Scheduling Techniques
    Sequencing and Dispatching Orders
    Bottleneck Management
    Reporting and Performance Measurement


    Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS)

    What Is APS?


    6. Distribution and Logistics Planning


    The Role of Distribution in Supply Chain Management

    Distribution Management in the Supply Chain
    Distribution Planning and the Business Plan


    Channel Network Design

    Importance of Good Channel Network Design
    Channel Design Tree Structures
    Insourcing or Outsourcing within the Channel Network
    Labor and Equipment


    Inventory Planning

    Balancing Supply and Demand
    Distribution Channel Dependencies
    Push or Pull?
    Order (Reorder) Point
    Basic Order–Point Model and Order–Point Trigger
    Distribution Requirements Planning
    Which to Use–Order Point or DRP?



    Function and Objectives of Warehousing
    Strategic Decision Components
    Warehouse Space and Capacity Planning
    Types of Warehousing
    Warehouse Automation and Systems



    The Transportation Function
    Transportation Strategic Planning
    Shipping Requirements
    Track and Trace


    Information Systems

    Enterprise Resources Planning
    Trace-and-Track Technology


    Inventory Management

    Inventory Investment and Days of Supply

    Safety Stock

    Item Segmentation

    Order Quantity and Item Replenishment

    Tracking Inventory through Supply Chain

    Basic of Reverse Logistics

    Inventory Accuracy Audits

    Addressing Inventory Loss

    Planning and Managing Distribution Inventory


    Additional Module for in-house courses: Serious Game (1 day)

    This application module of acquired knowledge, together with a qualified APICS instructor, is part of Advance School's Train for Per4mance program. The module examines the tactical and strategic choices to be applied in the Supply Chain to improve the P&L of a company.

    For more information on the benefits, read the Success Story Advance - Case New Holland: Train for Per4mance


  • Who is the course aimed at

    The course is aimed at the following professional figures:


    • Newly recruited staff to be quickly integrated into the company Planning, Logistics and Production functions.
    • Recently appointed Planning, Production and Logistics Managers and staff resources.
    • Professionals operating in supply chain management.
    • Personnel responsible for other workplace functions that wish to learn or consolidate their management skills in the Supply Chain.


  • Pricing and enrolment



    2'970 CHF + VAT


    For registrations received 45 days before the starting date of the course, a discounted fee will be applied.



    The fee includes the access to the official APICS learning material (digital) for 12 months, one textbook and the final online exam.


    The course requires a minimum of 6 participants for the activation. Seats are limited in order to allow optimal interaction between participants and instructors.

    To enrol, send the registration form with the receipt of the bank transfer or a purchase order to the following Email: