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Global Supply Chains and Managing Inventory Location

Build your knowledge of geographical regions and learn how they affect modal choice, inventory positioning and location decisions.

Global Supply Chains and Managing Inventory Location
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Assess how different geographical features affect key logistics decisions

Throughout this course, you’ll learn to identify the main influences on market development and gain the knowledge you’ll need to outline the key geographic global markets by block.

You’ll also study inventory strategies, and a wide range of tools and approaches to the positioning of inventory are examined in detail. Types of distribution structures such as echelon and direct are also assessed.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • Influences on global market development
  • Geographic market profiles of Europe, North and South America, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East
  • Where to locate global distribution centres in a primary or secondary global network
  • How to decide where to locate manufacturing plants, a warehouses and a retail outlets

Week 2

  • The function of inventory in deciding a global distribution network
  • An outline of inventory control tools
  • Facilities network location choices and where to position inventory to benefit logistics operations
  • How transport affects inventory positioning
  • An assessment of echelon, direct, flexible or combined facilities structure choices

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Recognise the effect of terminal and distribution assets and how they affect modal choice
  • Describe and identify geographical market profiles of each major economic block
  • Evaluate where to locate distribution centres
  • Assess the effect of centralisation of distribution on major global markets
  • Assess the importance of positioning inventory in relationship to customers
  • Identify and hypothesise where to locate a manufacturing plant/warehouse and retail outlets

Who is the course for?

This course is for business professionals aiming to improve their logistics, supply chain or distribution skills. It aims to help anyone seeking to analyse and hypothesise the ideal inventory location on both an operational and geographical level.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Nick Wright is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a Fellow of the CILT with over 30 years' experience in global logistics senior management roles in Europe and the USA.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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