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Lean Supply Chain and Logistics

See your supply chain and logistics system from a new perspective

This five-day course provides you with the tools and techniques to effectively manage your supply chain and understand how its parts work together as a system. Our faculty combines simulations, real-life case studies, hands-on activities, and in-plant tours to guide you toward achieving the right balance of people, systems, and technology to successfully compete in the global marketplace. The program features two distinct modules, which may be completed individually without earning a certificate.

Key Information

This course is only offered as a custom program. To learn more, please contact

Registration closes 1 week before course start date.

GO BLUE Discounts

Time Commitment

5 days


Remote Delivery via Zoom

Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Lean Logistics Module

Day 3 (Afternoon):

  • Lean Warehouse Facility Tour
    • Gemba Walk of a local warehouse to see actual processes, understand the work, and ask questions

Day 4:

  • Introduction to Lean Logistics
    • Warehouse types based on “customer”
    • Applying Lean principles in the warehouse
  • Lean Warehouse Simulation
    • Multiple-round simulation transforms a traditional warehouse into a Lean Warehouse

Day 5:

  • Receiving and Put-away Functions; Application Exercise
  • Basic Review of Storage/Retrieval Equipment; Application Exercise
  • Order Picking Functions, Order Picking Accuracy: Pick-to-Light and Voice Pick
  • Inventory Accuracy in the Warehouse; Case Study
Lean Supply Chain Module

Day 1:

  • Introduction to Lean Supply Chain Management
    • Importance and financial impact of the supply chain function
    • Lean principles and how they apply to lean supply chain in a variety of industries
    • Identifying waste in the supply chain system
  • Introduction to Inventory Management in the Supply Chain
    • How to manage inventories in an organization and across the entire supply chain
    • Identifying which parts of the supply chain have too much inventory and which parts have too little

Day 2:

  • Inventory Management in the Supply Chain System, Continued
    • Pull systems for inventory management
    • Inventory Management Distribution Simulation
  • Managing Global Supply Chains

Day 3 (Morning):

  • Partnering with Suppliers and Customers for a More Efficient Supply Chain/Logistics System
  • Implementing Supply Scorecards
  • Methods for Information Sharing with Suppliers and Customers
  • Sourcing Strategies to Improve Supply Chain Performance

Instructional Team

Yavuz Bozer, PhD
Yavuz Bozer, PhD
Lead Faculty, Lean Manufacturing
Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering, College of Engineering
Izak Duenyas, PhD
Izak Duenyas, PhD
Donald C. Cook Professor, Business Administration, Ross School of Business
Faculty Director, Executive MBA Program, Ross School of Business
Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering, College of Engineering


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