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Learn how technology is transforming the supply chain function

Supply Chain Management in the digital age has undergone a significant transformation due to advancements in technology, consumer demands, globalization, and the need for more resilient and transparent supply chains. This course explores the cutting-edge technologies revolutionizing the field of supply chain management and their potential to drive innovation, efficiency, and competitiveness in global supply chains. Students will examine the latest advancements in areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and predictive analytics, and their applications across various stages of the supply chain. Through case studies, hands-on exercises, and industry guest lectures, students will gain insights into how these transformative technologies are reshaping supply chain processes, enabling real-time visibility, and fostering collaboration across supply chain partners.

Who Should Attend:

  • Supply Chain Managers and Professionals
  • Logistics and Operations Managers
  • IT and Technology Managers
  • Procurement Professionals
  • Business Analysts
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Importance of the Course (Learning Outcomes)

  • Understand the role of transformative technologies in shaping the future of supply chain management.
  • Explore key concepts and principles underlying artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, robotics, and predictive analytics.
  • Evaluate the potential benefits and challenges associated with the adoption of transformative technologies in supply chain operations.
  • Examine real-world applications of these technologies across different stages of the supply chain, including procurement, production, logistics, and distribution.
  • Analyze case studies and best practices highlighting successful implementation of transformative technologies in supply chain management.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address ethical, security, and privacy concerns related to technology-enabled supply chains.
  • Collaborate with industry partners to explore emerging trends and opportunities in the field of supply chain technology.

Module 1: Understanding Supply Chain Basics

  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Components of the Supply Chain: Procurement, Production, Distribution, Retail, Returns
  • Traditional vs. Digital Supply Chains: A Comparative Overview

Module 2: The Digital Transformation & Emerging Technologies in SCM

  • Evolution of Digital SCM
  • Role of Data in Modern SCM
  • Benefits and Challenges of Digital Supply Chains
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • Robotics and Automation

Module 4: E-commerce and Supply Chain the Digital Platform

  • Rise of E-commerce: Challenges & Opportunities
  • Omni-channel Retailing
  • Last-mile Delivery Innovations
  • Returns Management in the E-commerce Age
  • Cloud-based SCM Solutions
  • Platforms for Supplier Collaboration & Sourcing
  • Digital Twinning & Simulation in Supply Chain Design
  • Real-time Tracking & Visibility Platforms

Module 6: Risk, Sustainability & Ethics in Digital Age SCM

  • New Age Risks: Cybersecurity, Data Privacy
  • Digital Tools for Risk Assessment & Mitigation
  • The Role of Predictive Analytics in Risk Management
  • Green Supply Chain Practices
  • Digital Tools for Carbon Footprint Measurement
  • Ethical Considerations in Digital SCM

Module 8: Future Trends & Continuous Learning

  • Emerging Technologies in SCM
  • The Role of Continuous Learning & Adaptability
  • Preparing for the Future: Key Skills & Mindsets

Training methodology

The course will be offered online. Case studies will be presented to enable participants to experience real life scenarios to enable practical application. The course will utilize digital platforms, interactive tools, and real-world data sets to allow participants to gain practical insights into the concepts taught.

Supplementary Components:

  • Case Studies: Real-world examples of companies leveraging digital tools for SCM.
  • Guest Lectures: Invite industry experts to provide insights on real-world applications.
  • Hands-on Workshops: Practical sessions on SCM tools or software platforms.
  • Group Projects: Facilitate team-based problem-solving activities based on real or hypothetical SCM challenges.
  • Assessments: Quizzes, assignments, and exams to evaluate participant understanding.

Course Costing


Course Dates

05-07 Feb 2024;

01-03 July 2024;

27-29 November 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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