This course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of global supply and distribution networks management (traditionally known as Supply Chain and Distribution Channel). The course is primarily focused on the planning, implementation, monitor and control of global, regional and local distribution networks in support of retail business operations. The course covers fundamentals of supply and distribution networks, the link between distribution networks and marketing strategies, and the link between supplier networks and inventory management. Supply and distribution networks include aligning supply networks with corporate strategies, implementation of corporate sustainability and social responsibility related policies, global transportation, and supporting information technology. Throughout the course, analytical tools and methods are utilized to support decision making and manage supply and distribution networks uncertainty.
This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.
Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.