Areas of Focus
SCL offers FREE one-hour webinars to learn more about topics covered as part of our Professional Education series. During these sessions, attendees have the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and meet our course instructors.
Note: SCL hosts research seminars as part of its SCLIRC Seminar Series. Click here to access available recordings of those presentations.
Past webinars on logistics topics hosted by SCL.
April 11, 2017
An overview of the research of Dr. Benoit Montreuil, Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair and Professor and Co-Chair Supply Chain & Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech. Dr. Montreuil leads the International Physical Internet Initiative, engaging academic, industry and government leaders worldwide into research and innovation projects on smart, hyperconnected and sustainable logistics, supply chains, transportation, businesses and regions. He is also director of the Georgia Tech Physical Internet Center.
Presented as part of our SCL Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC) seminar series.
March 2, 2017
The webinar is a high-level overview of the concepts behind building a Plan for Every Part (PFEP), one of the most effective ways to create standardization in an ordering and delivery process to optimize material flow. The use of PFEP can provide breakthrough results in working capital improvement, inventory right-sizing, on-time-delivery, manufacturing throughput, and cost reduction.
January 13, 2016
The webinar focused on why and how to implement milk run strategies to support the lean supply chain operations - both in manufacturing and distribution, and how the efficient flow of inbound materials through your supply chain can have a significantly positive impact on cost, quality, service, and delivery to your customer.
October 7, 2015
Are you having difficulties aligning your supply chain metrics with your company's financial goals? This difficulty grows exponentially with ever more complex global operations and the use of external business partners. During this free one-hour webinar, learn how to tailor your metrics and measurement processes to focus on the most important aspects of operations that impact overall corporate goals.
September 16, 2015
An overview relating to the complexities of global trade, its impact on logistics, and key areas of concern for international logistics managers. Topics that are discussed include: Incoterms, global trade compliance, harmonized tariff schedules, US import and export regulations, US Free Trade Agreements, and supply chain security.
September 14, 2015
An introduction to using proven principles of lean management to cut waste and improve warehouse efficiencies. Based on the Lean Warehousing professional education course offered through the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, the presenters discussed:
September 4, 2015
The presenter discussed how today's supply managers are finding that they need to do much work in terms of conceptualizing, designing, and implementing initiatives that may be effective globally. He also discussed the risks inherent in sourcing globally. The session also provides an overview of our "Effectively Managing Global Supply and Risk in an Increasingly Complex World" course hosted.
August 25, 2015
The presenter discussed traditional inventory models and their focus on the trade-off between customer service and the costs of overstocking. He then discussed how the inappropriate use of these models has led many organizations to do poorly on both measures, the key challenges of inventory management, and opportunities to help improve overall supply chain performance through better practice. Presented by Paul Griffin, one of the three instructors of the Inventory Planning and Management course and the Virginia and Joseph Mello Chair in the Georgia Tech Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering.
August 12, 2015
The presenters discuss how to maximize employee engagement toward C-level goals, how the work inside of an organization can connect to C-level targets, and how to maximize value at the lowest cost with respect for employees. Brad Bossence, lead instructor for our Building the Lean Supply Chain Problem Solver course, was joined by Chris Jenkins, Supply Chain Director of Mueller Company and a Lean Supply Chain Certificate graduate. Both Brad and Chris answered attendee questions and Mr. Jenkins discussed his organization's and personal experience of participating in the Lean Professional series.
July 29, 2015
Packaging’s effect on the supply chain is often underestimated and can create inefficiencies that drive increased costs and wastes in logistics. Damage in shipping is detrimental to customer satisfaction, drives increased costs and negates sustainability efforts. The webinar highlights a holistic view of packaging, optimized container and system utilization and strategies, the 7 Hazards in Distribution, and tactics to tackle packaging situations and turn them into savings. It also provides an overview of our two-day professional education course titled “Optimizing Packaging’s impact in the Supply Chain which takes place September 1-2, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.
April 30, 2015
A discussion relating to the three cornerstones for effective supply and demand planning: Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) - how to optimally reconcile demand and supply through a collaborative shaping process; Integrated Business Planning (IBP) - how to maximize the profit contributions of customers and products; and Supply Chain Risk Management - how to protect the capability to meet customer demands and generate expected financial operating performance. The webinar provided an overview of these advances and how they enable companies to address today's realities by making smarter decisions that drive significant competitive advantage. The webinar also provides a preview of the courses that make up our Supply and Demand Planning Certificate. Presented by Richard Sharpe, SCL instructor and president of Competitive Insights and Bryan Garland, consultant at OM Partners.
March 12, 2015
An introduction to a unique, step-by-step, systematic approach to making material handling decisions. The method serves as an ideal way for someone who doesn't have any formal material handling training to get up to speed on fundamental material handling principles and concepts, classifications of material handling equipment, Systematic Handling Analysis (SHA), material handling evaluations, selections, and continuous improvements. The webinar also provides a preview of our "Material Handling 101: Fundamentals, Analysis and Selection" course. Presented by Lee Hales, SCL instructor and President of Richard Muther and Associates.
February 24, 2015
A discussion on how to become a lean supply chain professional by first becoming a lean thinker and problem solver. During the live webinar, Brad Bossence discussed lean fundamentals and the critical concepts needed to identify and eliminate waste at the root of the cause. Presented by Brad Bossence, SCL Instructor and Vice President, LeanCor Supply Chain Group.
February 18, 2015
Supply chain management and logistics encompasses all the activities involved in getting products to consumers including planning, storing, moving, and accounting for inventory. Inventory availability is the most important aspect of customer service, and the cost of inventory is one of the most important entries on a company's balance sheet. The webinar discussed maintaining levels of inventory necessary to provide customer service while minimizing inventory resulting from poor supply chain management.
September 25, 2014
The webinar discussed the importance of aligning supply chain metrics with a company's financial goals and tailoring metrics and measurement processes to focus on the most important aspects of operations that impact overall corporate goals.
August 19, 2014
The webinar discussed why and how to implement lean logistics to support the lean supply chain operations - both in manufacturing and distribution, and how the efficient flow of inbound materials through your supply chain can have a significant impact on cost, quality, service, and delivery to your customer. With continued pressures from globalization, market volatility, and innovation expectations, companies are extending their reliance on lean principles to outside the four walls of the manufacturing facility. Lean inbound logistics requires strategic coordination to synchronize suppliers, transportation providers and multiple supply chain partners. And like all complex multi-party operations, the road to improvement will have its challenges. Such hurdles could include balancing inventory cost with transportation cost, the lack of leadership understanding and support, and the realities of incumbent manufacturing and procurement contracts and systems.
August 13, 2014
The webinar introduced attendees to using proven principles of lean management to cut waste and improve warehouse efficiencies. Based on the Lean Warehousing professional education course offered through the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, Brad Bossence discussed: The key elements of lean thinking that should be used in the warehouse How to utilize lean tools to reduce waste in the warehouse How to operate a warehouse based on visual management and real time problem solving vHow to create collaboration between warehousing and other functional area
July 16, 2013
The webinar discussed key aspects of strategic planning for major capital investments and a systematic, step-by-step planning process from network optimization and site selection to facility layout, material handling and building design. The webinar also provided a brief summary of the topics and concepts covered during the 4-day course taught through Georgia Tech's Professional Education program.
March 26, 2013
A overview of the Georgia Tech Health & Humanitarian Logistics certificate series. Presented by Dima Nazzal, Associate Director with the Georgia Tech Center for Health & Humanitarian Logistics and Director of Students Services for the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.
February 28, 2013
Managing your warehouse by "ABC" analysis gets you the big obvious efficiencies, but do not overlook yet another level of efficiencies that is as large in aggregate. "ABC" analysis treats all SKUs as if they were one of three types, and otherwise identical within types. This made sense before computers, but makes little sense now when computers enable us to manage individual SKUs. Saving a centimeter here and five seconds there, when summed over many transactions and many pallets/cases/pieces, can add up to significant efficiencies!
October 10, 2012
Your facility layout has a major influence on your productivity and material handling costs. If you have not reviewed it lately, you may find good opportunities for improvement. Better layouts: reduce travel time to and from storage areas, shorten pick paths and improve picker productivity, improve space utilization, and improve utilization of specialized equipment. In fact, a good layout is the key to lean operations and effective material flow. Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) is a comprehensive, step-by-step method for planning any kind of warehouse or distribution center. Highly practical and easily-learned, we have taught this method to thousands of logistics professionals over the past 20 years. In this one-hour webinar, Lee Hales, President of Richard Muther & Associates, provided an overview of the SLP method and the below key aspects that are covered in detail as part of our Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout professional education course. Relationship charting - an essential step in layout planning Quantified flow diagramming and what it can show you How to estimate floor space required How to evaluate and select the best layout for your facility
April 12, 2012
As part of becoming a Lean Supply Chain Professional, you also need to become a Lean Supply Chain Leader. Join Mr. Martichenko in part three of our webinar series where he will discuss the differences between traditional leadership and Lean leadership. Robert will review the principals and concepts that Lean Leaders use in order to drive Lean thinking in their organizations. This webinar and the teachings in the webinar are essential for anybody who is currently embracing and implementing Lean thinking in their organizations and finding out about the hurdles and challenges we need to overcome. This material is covered in more detail as part of our Building the Lean Supply Chain Leader professional education course. These Lean Leadership techniques include: Building the Lean Enterprise Leading by Principles & Purpose Leader as Student & Teacher Advocacy vs. Enquiry Respect for People Process and Value Stream Thinking Lean Leadership and Effective Measurement Systems Reflection Time Management - Leader Standard Work Visual Management and "Go See" Leadership Convincing People on Lean Thinking and Dealing with Resistance
March 15, 2012
One of the most misunderstood elements of lean thinking is that lean is primarily about manufacturing. Therefore, we need to be able to answer the question, "how does lean apply to the supply chain?" During this free one-hour webinar: Dive into "systems thinking" Understand how pull and one piece flow will lead to reductions to total cost of the supply chain Be challenged to question mental models such as economies of scale and replace them with mental models such as economies of time Connect lean and waste reduction to supply chain functions Robert Martichenko will cover these areas and explain how each plays a critical role in creating a lean supply chain. The aim is to reduce the total cost of the supply chain-removing waste and creating the most value for the customer.
February 3, 2012
During this webinar, attendees were introduced to: Lean problem solving through the use of problem solving tools to eliminate waste at the root cause Connecting lean to supply chain management, discussing how concepts such as pull and one piece flow will lead to reductions in total cost of the supply chain Transforming an organization from traditional to lean thinking with lean leadership Robert and Kevin covered these areas and explained how each plays a critical role in creating a lean supply chain. The aim is to reduce the total cost of the supply chain-removing waste and creating the most value for the customer. This material is covered in more detail as part of our Building the Lean Supply Chain Professional professional education course.