Training & Education

With the right education – from CEO level down –organisations can improve their supply chain’s operational effectiveness and responsiveness and successfully deliver their customer value proposition.

Overview

Supply Chain Management is a valuable tool for companies competing both locally and globally, where companies are striving to deliver high quality products at a competitive cost.

Because the supply chain has become more strategic, specialist supply chain skills can deliver a competitive advantage, and as such, the market for these skills is becoming increasingly competitive. 

Challenges

At a top level, companies now face increasing pressures in the form of global competition, increasing customer service expectations and new and more complex patterns of demand and supply. These challenges alone drive the need for sophisticated tools and approaches that provide the visibility to identify opportunities and manage and mitigate risks in the supply chain.

Opportunities

Supply Chain education presents a growing opportunity in both the Australian and global marketplace, with Supply Chain professionals being brought to task on the successful, timely and most cost effective way of delivering products and services to the customer.

Approach

Through its training and education program GRA strives to deliver a forum for effective Supply Chain education that supports best practice and provides knowledge and insights to:

  • Deliver a supply chain strategy that supports the business strategy
  • Understand how reducing costs in the supply chain network can provide operating cost savings 
  • Identify and prioritise supply chain improvement efforts
  • Find and implement the right metrics to achieve greater visibility, flexibility and control
  • Balance cost to serve with service level goals 
  • Revisit the fundamentals of supply chain strategy, design and execution
  • Keep abreast of emerging tools and technologies
Outcomes

GRA offers a range of training and education services to its clients by partnering with the Supply Chain Business Institute (SCBI), a professional development organisation that delivers premier Supply Chain education and training. Together with SCBI, GRA offers a suite of education offerings that include:

  • Short Courses, Seminars & Workshops that cover key areas including demand planning, inventory optimisation, sales & operations planning and strategy and design as well as organisational and financial impact. 
  • Corporate Tailored Training that focuses on a team based, cross functional approach to uplift the level of supply chain skills and understanding across the organisation 
  • Executive Symposiums directed at supply chain leaders looking for industry-leading concepts to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in their Supply Chains

In addition to Supply Chain Seminars, Short Courses, Workshops, Tailored Training and Executive Symposiums, GRA also actively promotes supply chain education through the authoring of content, with regularly published whitepapers and articles that focus on real supply chain business issues, emerging technologies and best practices. 

In previous years, GRA has sponsored and participated in the Supply Chain Management Executive Development Programs with both Monash University and the University of Melbourne and has guest lectured ‘Managing Supply Chain Inventory’ and ‘Network Modelling & Optimisation’ courses within Monash University’s Supply Chain & Logistics Masters Program in the School of Business & Economics. GRA is a frequent presenter at leading industry events.

Benefits

With insights gathered from over 30 years industry experience and 200+ organisations over multiple industries, GRA’s supply chain education and training offerings provide Big Picture strategy down to how to implement and the know-how to deliver company-wide value from the supply chain.

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Testimonials

"Sales and profits are up, and Damaged & Dated is down. The sales team is engaged and enthusiastic about the S&OP process. It's a nut we've been trying to crack for two years, and we're finally seeing some green shoots."

– Paul Foster, Sales Director - Convenience & Food Service, Lion Dairy & Drinks

Typical results

  • 20-40% inventory investment reduction
  • increased service levels ranging up to 99.9%
  • 10%-15% reduction in supply chain operating costs
  • 5%-20% spend management savings
  • the ability to fund business initiatives from operating cash flow (OCF) improvements
  • improved return on capital employed (ROCE)
  • a minimum 3:1 ROI (10:1 to 30:1 typical)