Masterclass Global Supply Chain & Logistics

The Masterclass Global Supply Chain & Logistics involves a series of classes focusing on important and emerging topics within Supply Chain Management and Logistics. The program is supported by several international and renowned professors, each recognized specialist in their respective supply chain and logistics domain. It is endorsed by the European Supply Chain Forum (ESCF), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and the Antwerp Management School (AMS). The successful completion of this program gives you a certificate in Global Supply Chain & Logistics from these endorsers.

This program is targeted to the broad variety of people involved with supply chains and logistics (e.g. analysts, planners, consultants, junior to middle management, etc.). The program might be especially interesting for you if you are interested to expedite your career in Supply Chain Management and logistics, and/or are interested in understanding the current supply chain and logistics developments and state-of-the-art, and/or are interested in a better understanding of the key tradeoffs.

The challenging combination of real-life business cases and the relevant academic knowledge makes this a very interesting and exciting program for your future development in Supply Chain Management and Logistics 

Tom Van Woensel

Full professor, Eindhoven University of Technology and Antwerp Management School

Upon completion of this master class, you have a richer understanding of the complexities that companies face in the broad supply chain and logistics domain. A wide range of topics is discussed giving you a complete overview of relevant decision domains within supply chain and logistics. Specifically, his certificate program gives you a thorough insight into the technological, operational, and organizational aspects of global supply chains and logistics. Recent emerging developments and opportunities (think of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Big data, etc.) to improve supply chain and logistics processes are discussed in detail.

The Master class Global Supply Chain & Logistics covers a variety of topics like transportation and inventory, sourcing and procurement, forecasting, sales, and operations planning and logistics network design. Finally, in the optional company-based project, you will work on a real-life business case that you bring from your own company and will be guided by one of the professors of the participating schools.

The program content is delivered through online lectures, relevant readings, class discussions, and interactive discussions conducted and lead by the relevant faculty. Value chain management case studies and applications will be liberally used throughout the sessions. The complete program is done in an online fashion, guaranteeing high-level interaction with participants worldwide.

Through the Master class Global Supply Chain & Logistics you will be able to:

  • Provide a thorough knowledge and understanding of world-class supply chain management practices and their role in developing and maintaining competitive advantage;
  • Provide experience in viewing supply chain situations from the perspective of suppliers to and customers of manufacturers and service providers;
  • Introduce the tools and applications used in supply chain process evaluation and re-engineering, including sustainability aspects, people, leadership, and change management aspects;
  • Provide experience and feedback in the use of both qualitative and quantitative data analysis;
  • Provide a knowledge baseline documenting supply chain management best practice.
  • The certificate program is designed for people who want to grow in, refresh, and improve their supply chain and logistics knowledge 
  • This certificate program is driven by and embedded in the relevant academic knowledge, but it has a very strong practical aspect via real-life cases, as such, preparing you to handle and grasp the supply and logistics complexity in practice
  • A great program organized by the key schools with a strong focus on supply chain management and logistics. A rich set of timely topics is covered in the program
  • Highly experienced lecturers both from academia and practice
  • An international group of students participating in an interactive online setting
  • Building on a hands-on attitude and pragmatic approach, you will be able to easily apply the techniques and tools within your organization.
  • The possibility to have supervised work on a real-life on-going challenge originating from your own company

Detailed program

The program consists of eight online sessions. Each session consists of four hours: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Session 9 is organized ad hoc with the allocated professor, preferably face-to-face on-site. The sessions can also be selected individually. Following all 8 sessions will lead to receiving the certificate. It is possible to mix the two cohorts if certain dates are difficult to plan.

Supply Chain Overview & Customer Value

In this interactive session, key supply chain principles are reviewed and refreshed. This involves the translation of the business strategy into an adequate supply chain strategy, but also defining relevant business models. Omni-channel management is discussed in terms of delivering customer value and clearly defining the customer proposition. Important aspects regarding people (change management) profit (topline revenue versus bottom-line costs) and planet (sustainability) are discussed and applied in a few real-life settings.

Logistics & Network Design

The network and supply chain design is an important strategic logistics issue. Increasingly, cooperation between companies takes place in an international context. This does not only involve the location of logistic activities but also the control over the whole international supply chain. One of the most important issues in designing (international) logistic networks is the potential for reacting quickly and in a reliable way on changed circumstances. Multiple sourcing, hybrid network structures, and synchronization of logistics processes are examples of such flexible logistic structures.

Supply Chain Trends, Future Implications

We discuss several new supply chain trends arising over the past years and are expected to materialize in the future. The increasing role of sustainability in the supply chain is discussed (e.g. cradle-to-cradle, circular economy). As well as other emerging notions and concepts like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, etc. will be framed within a supply chain setting. We discuss the applicability of these tools, but also explicitly handle the limitations.

Transport and Distribution

In this module, attention will be paid to the various modes of transport and distribution, their characteristics, and their combinations. The modes involve maritime shipping, air transport, road, rail, inland waterway, and pipeline transport. Principles of transport costing, logistics costs, and decision-making in transport will be conceptually explained and applied. With the help of a transport chain game and a chain cost model, illustrations will be given of combinations of modes that can be made, as well as how policies and strategies impact on those. The different sub-components of chains and various cost items will be illustrated and calculated, and tradeoffs as well as cost shares will be indicated. Attention will be paid both to out-of-pocket costs and time costs, together named generalized costs, and next to that also external costs.

Sales and Operations Planning

Sales and Operations Planning has been around since the early 1990’s but took off around 2005. We have seen successes and failures. In the meeting S&OP has been substituted for by Integrated Business Planning. As the objectives of  S&OP formulated by the Oliver Wight Companies in 1990 are the same as for IBP, we can use the vast experience on S&OP processes to give directions when implementing IBP. We touch upon the alignment of financials, resource use, forecasting order fulfillment and inventory management across the company. We discuss how to organize decision support for IBP, both in human resources, and ICT. And we discuss the key principles towards successful implementation of S&OP/IBP.

Procurement and sourcing

The added value delivered by your supplier basis is growing year after year. Unlocking the full potential of both your upstream markets and key suppliers is a crucial lever to deliver competitive edge throughout the entire supply chain. The expected output? Financial (cost & cash), Value (performance, innovation & csr) and Risk mgt (supply, market). Business partnering, Sourcing and SRM (Supplier relationship management) are the 3 pillars for any performant procurement function.

Forecasting

Forecasting and planning are at the heart of all business processes. Despite efforts over the last decades to increase value chain flexibility, forecasting demand is still of eminent importance in many companies. Entities in the value chain operate triggered by the expected demand from the (end) customer. The quality of the estimation of future demand directly influences customer service levels, inventory levels, and cost levels.

Multi-echelon Inventory management

In today’s competitive world, the benefits of optimizing inventory at each facility independently will not provide a sustainable competitive advantage. On the other hand, adjusting total inventory across the entire network of facilities, taking into consideration the interdependencies among stocking locations significantly extends the potential benefits achieved from optimizing inventories at each location separately. In this session, we will consider the basic multi-echelon inventory systems and introduce the current state-of-art models for optimizing the inventory policies. We will compare the installation/local and echelon stock policies and quantify the benefits of using echelon policies. Also, we will discuss the methods that are commonly used in practice to further improve the performances of multi-echelon systems.

Company-based project supervised by professors

There is the opportunity to add a company-based project supervised by the above professors. In these face-to-face discussions on your problem, the professors help to develop and formulate the relevant questions, based on your perceived business problem, including a well-defined description of the scope. Together you make a justified choice for methods and techniques for data collection and data analysis. You apply these methods and techniques and can find the possible causes and explanations of your business problem based on the data analysis. This is a sound basis to indicate directions for improvement.

Professors

Freek Aertsen studied Business Administration (specialization Supply Chain Management) at Tilburg University (cum Laude) where he also obtained his Ph.D. Following that he joined Royal Philips Electronics where he has been responsible for several large multi-site forecasting, planning & control improvement projects. As co-founder and senior consultant at EyeOn, he executes projects to improve forecasting and planning performance at companies. Dr. Aertsen has a wide experience in the design and implementation of supply chain planning models in various industries and countries. As an Academic Director at TIAS and JADS, he contributes to several programs and published different articles, white papers, and books.

Dr. Zumbul Atan is an associate professor of supply chain management in the OPAC group (Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control) of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She is the Research Director of the European Supply Chain Forum’s FMCG Community. Zumbul’s research is broadly focused on multi-echelon inventory theory, retail operations, and revenue management. Zumbul has conducted many projects with industry mainly through Master students. Her research is published in leading journals (including Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, IISE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research). Zumbul chairs the Dutch Operational Management and Logistics Conference and she has been in the scientific committees of multiple international conferences. She has earned multiple university- and departmental-level teaching awards.

Ton de Kok has been a full-time professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management from 1992-2020 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Since October 2020 he is Director of the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam. He is Academic Director of the Tias MOS program and member of Tias Academic Council. Ton is still part-time employed for one day a week at TUE. Ton published over 100 papers in international scientific papers and is considered one of the world-leading experts on Supply Chain Optimization.

Manu Matthyssens is founder and managing partner of the Solvint Group (B, NL, CH, FR).  As program manager, he has been responsible for designing various result driven procurement re-engineering and development programs with multiple international companies in various industries. Given his broad business experience Manu is a much-solicited speaker and “business trainer” at seminars, in-company workshops and strategy exercises. Manu is also professor strategic procurement at Antwerp Management School and a top-level negotiation expert and coach.

Thierry Vanelslander (°1975) is a professor at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. He graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp. Until 2013, he was the holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis chair on transport, logistics, and ports. Until halfway 2009, he was director of the Research Centre on Freight and Passenger Transport, hosted by the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. He is currently course coordinator for the courses ‘Management of Innovation and Technology’ and ‘Port Economics and Business’ at C-MAT, and ‘Transport Economics’ at the Faculty of Applied Economics. His research focuses on business economics in the port and maritime sector, and inland transport and urban logistics. His Ph.D. dealt with co-operation and competition in sea-port container handling. He is also the chair of the World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR) Special Interest Group A2 (Ports and Maritime), and topic area manager for WCTR’s track A (Transport Modes). Equally, he is the chair of the Freight & Logistics group within the European Transport Conference.

Tom Van Woensel is a Full Professor of Freight Transport and Logistics at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Prof. Van Woensel also serves as Academic Director of the Global Supply Chain Management program at the Antwerp Management School, Belgium. As a collaborating member, he is also connected to the CIRRELT (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les réseaux d’entreprise, la logistique et le transport) in Montreal, Canada. Professor Van Woensel conducted a large number of projects with industry, mainly with and through his Master, Professional Doctorate, and Doctorate students. He is also a frequent speaker at academic and professional conferences, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Prof.dr. Van Woensel is also director of the European Supply Chain Forum, a collaborative effort with about 50 large multinational companies.

Detailed program including dates

Session 1: Supply Chain Overview & Customer Value

Prof.dr. Tom Van Woensel, TU/e, AMS

Thursday 3 March 2022

Session 5: Logistics Network   Design

Prof.dr. Tom Van Woensel, TU/e, AMS

Thursday 31 March 2022

Session 2: Procurement and sourcing

Manu Mathyssens, Solvint, AMS

Thursday 10 March 2022

Session 6: Multi-echelon Inventory management

Dr. Zumbul Atan, TU/e

Thursday 7 April 2022

Session 3: Sales and Operations Planning

Prof.dr. Ton de Kok, TU/e

Thursday 17 March 2022

Session 7: Supply Chain Trends, Future Implications

Prof.dr. Tom Van Woensel, TU/e, AMS

Thursday 14 April 2022

Session 4: Forecasting

Dr. Freek Aertsen, Tias and EyeOn

Thursday 24 March 2022

Session 8: Transport and Distribution

Prof.dr. Thierry Vanelslander, UA

Thursday 21 April 2022

Session 9: Company-based project supervised by professors

The supervising professor is selected based on the actual company challenge coming from the participant’s company. Meetings will be planned ad hoc.

 Financials

2,500.00 euro per participant for sessions 1-8. Session 9 is charged 1,500 euro separately. Participants can also register for individual sessions for 750 euros per session. All fees are ex. VAT. The fee includes online instruction, all educational materials (books), support, and a certificate of completion. Fees are to be paid to the ESCF (credit card, invoice, or PO) and are due at least 10 days before the start of the program. The program will be organized fully online, except for Session 9 which is preferably face-to-face on-campus, depending upon the location of the participant. We organize two cycles per year.

ESCF company members receive 10% discount on the registration fee. Contact us for special rates for larger groups of persons.

 Pay attention: registration goes through the website of the Antwerp Management School, for which you need to register first.