Purchasing, Logistics & Supply Chain

Purchasing, Warehousing, Inventory, Logistics & Supply Chain Management

19-20 April 2020, Doha – Qatar

20-21 April 2020, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia


About The Trainer:

Sekar Ponnan, is both a practitioner and an educator in the field of Logistics, Supply Chain & Procurement. He holds an MBA (General Management) from University of Hull, UK, a Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Economics from University Malaya and an Advance Diploma in Logistics Management, UK from Chartered Institution of Logistics & Transport in Malaysia. He is also a chartered member of the Chartered Institution of Logistics & Transport Malaysia.

Mr. Sekar has a solid 20 year experience in the field of Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain gained through his work stint in big conglomerates and Multi-National Companies at various levels ranging from junior level to Executive Committee level in the areas of manufacturing, logistics service providers, implementation of supply chain management, setting up 3PL logistics management and liaison with various authorities. He has also assisted clients to improve their supply chain management and develop the integrated logistics systems, stock level reduction, improve the purchasing and inventory management performance and enhance customer service standards. In his 20 years of service at corporate world, Mr. Sekar has also covered different geographical areas from local operations to regional scope covering whole of Asia. He has wide management exposure in different areas of business; having held key management positions in Logistics Operations, Inventory Management, Procurement and Supply Chain. Mr. Sekar also serves as consultant for GLG Asia (based in Singapore), Rakan Ikhlas Sdn Bhd and Generic Business Solutions Pvt Ltd (based in Ahmedabad, India) in the field of Logistics, Supply Chain & Procurement.

Besides his work, he also actively involved himself in teaching and training. As a PSMB certified trainer, Mr. Sekar has been a corporate trainer since 2010 and he has given lectures and has conducted in-house training programmes for the companies he served and external companies that are aware of his credentials and vast practical experience ranging from negotiation skills, contract management, sourcing skills & developing savings action plans, warehouse management, Fundamentals of Procurement, Fleet Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Process Reengineering, Developing comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure for Procurement, Logistics Management, Inventory Planning & Control and Transport & Distribution. He has the unique ability to connect with people and uses humor and creative teaching techniques in his workshop sessions. He adopts a practical approach and provides relevant applications in his session. He is also able to simplify the theories and relate them to real life examples to enhance the learning process.

Who Should Attend?

  • Managers, Executives,
  • Officers And Supervisors Who Deal With A Whole Spectrum Of Supply Chain, Sales, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Warehousing, Logistics, etc


  • Lectures,
  • Case studies,
  • Role-plays,
  • Group presentations,
  • Group discussions,
  • Management games.

Purchasing, Warehousing, Inventory, Logistics & Supply Chain Management:

With the knowledge and skills acquired at the end of the training program, the trainees will be able to gain a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of Supply Chain Management, understand the importance of Supply & Demand Planning, Material Planning And Control, Procurement Management, design a systematic approach in order to prevent Supply Chain down times and other delays factors and plan and forecast materials in terms of economics and operational efficiency

Course Modules:

Module 1 : Concept, Scope & Definition Of Supply Chain

  • Definition, Principal & Concept Of Logistics
  • Importance Of Supply Chain
  • Fundamentals Of Supply Chain
  • Logistics And Supply Chain Structure
  • Logistics And Supply Chain Management
  • The Financial Impact Of Supply Chain
  • Integrated Systems
  • Competitive Advantage Through Supply Chain
  • Activity – Develop Supply Chain Management SWOT

Module 2 – The Basics – PR & Tender Management

  • Procurement Process Chart – Roles & Segregation of duties
  • Common Statements….
  • By end users
  • By Procurement
  • Why Clear and Complete Specifications or SOW is Important ?
  • Describe the need with common questions before defining the needs
  • Bare Minimum….what should a PR contain ?
  • The Dos in SOW writing
  • Planning in PR Management
  • Activity – Prepare a RFQ based on sample PR (Manpower / Pest Control)

Module 3 : Lean Supply Chain Management

  • Definition Of Lean SCM
  • Lean Journey – Muda, Mura, Muri
  • Kanban
  • Kaizen
  • 9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain
  • Activity : Identify Waste in SCM & Develop Kaizen

Module 4 : Warehouse Management

  • Role Of A Warehouse
  • Advantages Of Warehouse
  • Impact Of Increasing Warehouses
  • Warehouse Location
  • Warehouse Operations Management
  • Factors Affecting Warehouse Design & Operations
  • Factors To Consider In Warehouse Design
  • Warehouse Costs
  • Warehouse Storage & Handling System
  • Warehouse Receiving Process
  • Warehouse Performance Monitoring
  • Data Capture And Transmission
  • Activity : Develop Proposal for a new Warehouse

Module 5 : Freight Transportation & Logistics Management

  • Transport Management / Distribution Decision
  • Logistics Objectives
  • Method Of Selection
  • Operational Factors
  • Transportation Modes & Characteristics
  • Air Transport
  • Maritime Transport
  • Rail & Intermodal
  • Road Transport
  • Vehicle Selection
  • Vehicle Costing
  • Pipeline
  • Consolidation Of Transport Modes
  • Activity : Develop a “Should Be” Price for a selected route

Module 6 : Supply Management

  • Supplier Selection
  • Supply Positioning Model
  • Supplier Performance Management
  • Importance Of Supplier Performance Management
  • Supply Performance – Why Manage ? – The Benefits Of Supplier Performance Management
  • Aligning Supplier Performance With Company Goals & Strategy
  • Area Of Focus
  • Supplier Performance Evaluation Methods
  • Structure Of Evaluation
  • Reviewing Assessment Data
  • Implementing The Evaluation
  • Activity : Supply Positioning Model

Module 7 : Inventory Planning & Management

  • What is Inventory
  • Elements Of Inventory
  • Functions Of Inventory
  • The Need To Hold Stocks
  • Types Of Stock-Holding / Inventory
  • Inventory Holding Costs
  • Inventory Replenishment Systems
  • The Economic Order Quantity
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Activity : Case Study – British Airways

Module 8 : Inventory Management Techniques

  • Just In Time
  • Vendor Managed Inventory
  • Consignment Stock
  • First-In First-Out (Fifo)
  • Inventory Turnover Ratio
  • Economic Order Quantity
  • Lead Time Reduction
  • ABC Analysis
  • Drop-Shipping
  • Cross-Docking
  • Bulk Shipments
  • Payment Terms
  • Optimizing Incoterms In Purchasing Decisions
  • Activity : Identify Inventory type for VMI & Develop SOP
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