As customer and consumer expectations rise, so does the need for more efficient and responsive supply chains. The flexibility and scalability required for high value-added consumer goods are setting new performance standards for industrial products and production.

Economic pressures including rising fuel costs, global expansion, low cost off-shore competition and tight manufacturing capacities continue to stretch a supply chain team’s ability to reduce costs while meeting these ever-increasing customer expectations.

Manufacturing firms must adapt quickly to remain competitive otherwise an inefficient, poorly functioning supply chain will impact negatively on every aspect of a business.

To complicate matters, finding and retaining qualified supply chain talent continues to be an issue, which is why Industry Forum offers a broad suite of Supply Chain training, certifications and consultancy support to help your organisation meet these challenges.


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Supply Chain: The Missing Link

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APICS Supply Chain Management Certifications & Assessment

Topic Examples Benefit Timescale
Certified in Production and Inventory Management


Improve internal supply chain performance through focussed training on an organisation’s internal operations taking an in-depth look at the production and inventory activities within the internal operations of a company, providing a comprehensive view of materials management, master scheduling, forecasting, production planning.
  • Reduce inventories whilst maintaining full product availability and on-time deliveries
  • Develop highly qualified supply chain staff
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Certified Supply Chain Professional


Issues with your extended supply network?

Learn how to develop and operate a high performance supply chain.

Develop a broader supply chain view, extending knowledge outside of a company’s internal operations to encompass all of the steps throughout the supply chain – from suppliers through the company to the end consumer.

  • Effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximise your value chain
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Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution


External logistics

Understand the information you need to meet today’s supply chain logistics challenges.

Impact your organisation’s bottom line through logistic cost optimisation.

Improve capability to plan and operate a fully transparent, cost and performance optimised distribution network.

  • Provides your employees with comprehensive knowledge that sets the global standard for best practices in logistics, transportation and distribution.
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Supply Chain Operations Reference model


Benchmark your organisation against the best in class.

The Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model is unique in that it links business processes, performance metrics, practices, and people skills into a unified structure.

Process reference models integrate the well-known concepts of business process engineering, benchmarking, process measurement and organisational design into a cross-functional framework


  • Increase the speed of system implementations
  • Improve business agility
  • Accelerate business process effectiveness
  • Improve inventory turns
  • Support organisational learning goals
  • Improve overall operational performance
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APICS Principles of Operations Management

Topic Examples Benefit Timescale
Inventory Management;

too much, lost, incorrect or no factory inventory?

  …develop a functional knowledge and understanding of inventory and purchasing management principles, roles and responsibilities, and techniques. APICS Principles of Operations Management

3 Day Programme

Planning functions not working effectively?

Business planning


Sales and operations planning (S&OP)

Master scheduling

Capacity management

Operations systems

Incorrect supplier, production schedules driving inefficiencies.

Low or over utilisation of resources.

…develop a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the basic inventory planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical. APICS Principles of Operations Management

3 Day Programme

Production control activities not in control? Inconsistent product structures creating scheduling challenges?

Issues with Capacity planning and management?

…provides an introduction to manufacturing management core concepts and activities related to production planning, scheduling and process control. APICS Principles of Operations Management

3 Day Programme

Increasing logistics costs putting pressure on product costs?

Inefficient transportation networks?

No visibility on material or product deliveries.

Low transportation utilisation.

Product arriving at unscheduled intervals.

…introduces the foundations and operations of supply channel inventory, warehousing and transportation operations. APICS Principles of Operations Management

3 Day Programme

Review how to organise operations for success. Managing Operations …introduces the fundamentals of operational process design, quality and APICS Principles of Operations Management

Principles of Managing Operations 

Do you face a challenge which you feel would be best faced through the development of a customised tailored approach specific to your issue? Mix and Match APICS  Principles of Operations Management to address your specific organisational needs and challenges. Industry Forum will work with you to configure a customised course solution that can address any number of training needs or operational challenges APICS Principles of Operations Management

Customised to your needs


Supply Chain Management Essentials

Topic Examples Benefit Timescale
Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) Essentials



Implement a fully integrated Sales & Operational Planning process?

If only we would get the forecast right we wouldn’t have any problems.”

Business functions misaligned and working to multiple unbalanced plans.


  • Engage all functions in creating aligned, forward looking plans and making decisions that will optimise resources
  • Provide a single environment for optimally synchronising demand, inventory, and supply plans support the business in meeting costs, revenue and profit objectives
2 day course

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Material Requirement Planning (MRP) Essentials Inconsistent material supply.

Material shortages.

Expedited orders.

  • Understand the objectives and functions of Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
  • Work with the different types of demand placed on the inventory resources of the company
  • Use MRP-generated action messages when performing MRP output maintenance
  • Determine when it is time to release manufacturing and purchase orders
  • Develop performance measurements to determine the effectiveness of the MRP in priority management
1 day course

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Inventory Management Essentials Working capital too high.

Need to release cash for growth.

Need to release factory floor space for value adding activities.

  • Implement an inventory management process across your organisation
  • Capability to understand and implement Cost of Goods Reduction (COGS) programmes
  • Trained resources to provide accurate and real time inventory reporting
  • Improve working capital requirements
  • Enhance Customer Service
1 day course

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Supply Chain Planning and Procurement Essentials Ensure Supply Chain and Procurement capabilities are efficiently developed and utilised to support the product planning and production.
  • Understand the key roles of Supply Chain in a procurement process
  • Understand sourcing strategies and be able to select the correct methodology
  • Improve Supply Chain planning and risk management
1 day course

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Audit & Assessment for Supply Chain

Topic Examples Benefit Timescale
Materials Management Operations Guidance/Logistics Evaluation


Assess your internal and/or partner supply chain performance to identify weaknesses and drive continual improvement.

Compliant to IATF16949 requirements.

End to end view of a manufacturing supply chain.

  • Gain an understanding into MMOG/LE, which is the global standard for supply chain management processes that reduces costs from errors, waste, and workload for suppliers and customers.
1 day awareness

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2 day practitioner



V5 and New Platform


Supply Chain for IATF 16949 Is your supply chain function prepared and compliant to the IATF16949 requirements?

IATF16949 places some specific auditable requirements on the Supply Chain function. Learn what these are and how to implement in your process.


  • Understand the structure of ISO9001/IATF16949
  • Review of IATF 16949 relevant to Supply Chain operations
  • Risk based thinking applied to Supply Chain operations
1 day course

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APICS  (American Production and Inventory Control Society)

Advancing Supply Chain for 60 Years

In 1957, 20 production control managers formed the American Production and Inventory Control Society. The organisation, which later became known as APICS, has since grown to more than 45,000 members and is now a global entity with nearly 300 channel partners that connect with members in over 100 countries.

APICS has evolved into a strategic partner to global corporations and individuals at all career levels. APICS education programs ensure employees can be successful even when managing the largest and most complex supply chains.



Find out how Industry Forum could help you with your Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) with our free S&OP Checklist


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Get in touch and talk to us

Industry Forum can provide a range of improvement services to help improve your organisation’s Supply Chain Management Operations.  We don’t offer one single standard solution, instead we get to know your organisation, your people and the environment within which you operate before working with you to find an approach that is tailored to your requirements, meeting your specific needs and addressing your most pressing challenges.

Industry Forum can provide you with a range of expertise to support initiatives from large supply chain improvement programmes across a multi-site organisation to single projects in an individual plant. Industry Forum has a proven record of helping manufacturers of all sizes achieve their operational goals.

From design right through to implementation we pride ourselves on our ability to transfer the necessary skills to your people and to ensure that you benefit from tangible and sustainable improvements to your business.


What next?

For further information and an initial confidential discussion of your needs, please call +44 (0)121 717 6600 or email us today.