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Course Description

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the efficient management of warehousing and distribution has become a critical component of organizational success. This course has been meticulously designed to address the complex challenges faced by professionals, offering a comprehensive and strategic approach to optimizing operations. The course goes beyond traditional operational approaches and focuses on strategic thinking, aligning warehousing and distribution functions with overarching business goals. Upon completion of the course, participants will possess the knowledge and skills to strategically navigate the complexities of warehousing and distribution. Participants will be equipped to drive operational excellence, adapt to industry trends, and contribute significantly to the overall success of their organizations in a rapidly changing business environment.

Duration of course

This course is scheduled for two (2) day online masterclass session combined with practical workplace experience.

Who should attend?

This course is specifically designed for:

  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Logistics and Distribution Professionals
  • Warehouse Operations Managers
  • Procurement and Inventory Control Specialists
  • Business Strategists and Analysts
  • Professionals aspiring to enhance their expertise in warehousing and distribution

What delegates will learn?

By the end of the course, participants will acquire a full spectrum of knowledge and skills, including:

  • Understand the role of warehousing within the broader supply chain strategy and its impact on organizational success.
  • Explore best practices in warehouse layout, design, and space utilization for enhanced efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
  • Develop strategic approaches to inventory control, demand forecasting, and risk management to ensure optimal stock levels.
  • Explore the latest technologies, such as automation, robotics, and warehouse management systems (WMS), and learn how to strategically integrate them for improved operations.
  • Analyze distribution network models and devise strategies to optimize routes, reduce lead times, and enhance overall distribution efficiency.
  • Understand the importance of effective vendor relationships and learn strategies for selecting and managing suppliers in a way that aligns with organizational goals.
  • Develop skills in strategic cost analysis, budgeting, and financial management tailored to warehouse and distribution operations.
  • Explore sustainable practices and strategies for minimizing the environmental impact of warehousing and distribution operations.
  • Learn how to identify, assess, and manage risks in warehouse and distribution operations, with a focus on strategic contingency planning.

Course Facilitator

Ms Gillian Mcewen

Gillian has over 15 years in purchasing and supply chain for Private Sector and 14 years for Government and 14 years in training and consulting assessing and 4 years in moderation. Experience includes Facilitating training in SCM and finance related subjects and assessing and moderating same. Inventory management, tender compilation, quotations, conditions of tender and contract, contract compilation and training, adjudication, supplier management, buyer training, workshops and presentations, policy and procedure manuals, procurement committee member, tender specification and  tender evaluation committee member, assisting in drafting specifications and TOR’s for goods and services as well as assisting end users in identifying criteria and allocating points for functionality and contract administration, negotiations,  liaison with legal practitioners, cost saving cost avoidance systems, appraisal of subordinates, investigating irregularities, reporting, conducting risk analysis and general business administration.   Black Economic Empowerment issues such as drafting Preferential Procurement policies and procedures for Private Sector as well as Municipalities, implementation and training.  Supplier data base management.  Devising training material for various organisations in both public and private sectors.

Course Outline

Module 1: Strategic Framework for Warehousing

Module 2: Optimizing Warehouse Layout and Design

Module 3: Inventory Management Strategies

Module 4: Technology Integration for Efficiency

Module 5: Distribution Network Optimization

Module 6: Strategic Vendor Management

Module 7: Cost Optimization and Budgeting

Module 8: Environmental Sustainability in Operations

Module 9: Risk Management and Contingency Planning

Module 10: Performance Metrics and KPIs

Delivery Method

  • Expert-led lectures and presentations
  • Case studies and real-world examples
  • Group discussions and interactive workshops
  • Site visits to exemplary warehouses and distribution centers
  • Technology demonstrations and hands-on exercises


After successful completion of the course and formative activities, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Course Costing


Course Dates

12-14 Feb 2024

08-10 July 2024

04-06 Nov 2024

Course Registration

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Established in 2019, the African Institute for Supply Chain Research (AISCR) provides supply chain research, education, outreach, and networking solutions for a better Africa.





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