Professional Development Meetings
Our Professional Development offerings are meant to provide a quick, 45 to 60 minute overview of a specific subject that is of interest to our clients. These could be presented in an evening dinner-meeting format, a "lunch and learn," or an informal gathering after office hours. The PDM format is portable: it can be brought to your place of work, or facilities may be arranged in Ajax, Ontario. These are usually appropriate for gatherings of 5 to 50 professionals. A number of subjects for consideration are detailed below, but the presentation may be customized to meet your unique requirements.
Soft Skills Development
- The High Impact Strategic Plan
- Negotiating to Win-Win
- Problem-Solving in a Lean World
Hard Skills Development
- Applications of Pareto's Law and the 80/20 Rule
- Basic Mathematics for Supply Chain and Logistics Practitioners
- Forecasting Basics
- Inventory Control
- Cycle Counting
- Incoterms 2010
- Supply Chain Security - PIP, C-TPAT, and Elements of a Supply Chain Security Program
- Transportation Geography for International Trade
- Supplier Evaluation Scorecard
- Metrics in Supply Chain Management
- Basics of Customs Administration in Canada
- Master Planning
"Soft" Skill Development
The High Impact Strategic Plan
It has been said that “a vision without execution is a daydream…but execution without vision is a nightmare.” We will reveal a methodology to prepare a straightforward Strategic Plan – one that is meaningful, powerful, understandable, and applicable not only to business entities of all shapes and sizes, but also to individuals who are looking to develop a Life Plan. Concepts such as Vision, the Mission Statement, Core Values, SWOT, and Strategic Objectives will be discussed, and blended into a cohesive unit.
In life, and business, everything is negotiable. Whether you are working on the business Deal of the Century, or discussing a family issue with your children, we are constantly being engaged in processes of negotiation. Learn why negotiation is about more than simply haggling over price. Discover the differences between interests and positions, what a BATNA is, and how to employ Triangle Talk in your negotiations. Learn how value can be created in the negotiation process, and how we can achieve a "win-win" outcome. We will discuss different tactics that are used in negotiations, and how to identify and avoid pitfalls. And much more.
"Hard " Skill Development
The ABC's in Inventory Management: Practical Applications of Pareto's Law
Principles developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto have formed the basis of heuristic methods such as ABC Contribution Analysis and the famous 80/20 Rule. In the hands of the modern logistics practitioner, such concepts can prove to be powerful tools for helping to build productive inventory assets. This presentation will discuss this simple principle, but more importantly will show how it has been used as a central theme in successfully managing finished goods inventories, spend analysis, and other supply chain analyses. The role of contribution analysis in focusing strategic attention, developing performance metrics, problem-solving, data-mining, and leveraging the inventory asset will be explored.
Understanding of Incoterms 2010 is an essential part of engaging in contracts of international trade. What are Incoterms, exactly? How do they apply to contracts of sale? Are the International Law? How many Incoterms are there? What do they mean? ,
Basics of Inventory Management
For most organizations, inventory is one of the more visible and tangible aspects of doing business. Beginning with the management of suppliers delivering raw materials to goods in various levels of completion in the production process and management and delivery of finished goods in the distributions channel, each type represents money tied up until the inventory becomes purchased products. This preview of the Basics of Inventory Management Workshop provides a broad overview of basic concepts and good inventory management strategies.
In this workshop preview, the participants will learn how to implement or improve a cycle counting program and what the real purpose of cycle counting is: finding and fixing the causes of inventory errors. Also included are several methods for selecting items to count, using correct accounting techniques, and reconciling any outstanding transactions. In addition, the participant will learn various reporting methods to illustrate the results of the cycle counting program to employees and management.
Distribution Inventory Management
This workshop preview focuses on the distribution network model and its objectives, activities, and distribution inventory management decisions and includes interactive exercises to present the fundamental concepts associated with the distribution environment. It is appropriate for management, sales, purchasing, forecasting, materials management, operations personnel, shipping/receiving, and any other supply chain function tangent to the distribution activity.
Material Requirements Planning and Bills of Material
To effectively use a material requirements planning (MRP) system, it is essential to understand how bills of material (BOMs) are structured and how MRP calculates requirements. This course preview includes instruction and exercises so students can practice these important concepts. From structuring simple BOMs to creating phantom bills, modular bills, and super bills, the participant will learn many ways to use BOMs, how to calculate material requirements, and some common action/exception messages that MRP systems frequently include.
Inventory Control and the Annual Physical Inventory
This workshop preview will discuss what works and what doesn't as the participant learns the essential preparation steps and activities to perform in advance. These activities include everything from cleanup and sorting to working with auditors. The best physical inventories require the best, most thorough, preparation. The participant will also learn how to keep the physical inventory under control once it starts. From tracking of tags to weigh scales and facility maps to handling recounts, this course guides the way.
The challenge of customer service is as old as trade itself. With thousands of years to perfect it, it might be a mystery why many suppliers appear to ignore it, take it for granted, or otherwise allow service quality to atrophy to levels that threaten their viability. How can a business enterprise begin to improve its service quality from being merely adequate to being truly great?