Inventory Planning and Management

Course Description

Supply chain management and logistics encompasses all the activities involved in getting products to consumers, including planning, storing, moving and accounting for inventory. Inventory availability is the most important aspect of customer service, and the cost of inventory is one of the most important entries on a company’s balance sheet.

Recognition of the balance sheet implications of inventory in supply chain management has launched a variety of industry-wide inventory reduction initiatives. Despite all these initiatives to reduce inventory in the supply chain, inventory levels for most companies have remained the same or increased. This course is focused on understanding how to efficiently provide the inventory necessary for good customer service while minimizing the inventory resulting from poor supply chain management.

Included in the course is the use of hands-on supply chain simulation games – where students are broken into teams that compete on simulated supply chain scenarios where decisions must be made.  The simulations help students to understand the interdependencies across the supply chain, the importance of effective planning, and the role of data visibility.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Sep 20, 2016 Sep 22, 2016 Sep 20, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, GA $3,500 16375
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15112 Mar 18, 2015 Mar 20, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $3,500
15450 Sep 22, 2015 Sep 24, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $3,500
16361 Mar 16, 2016 Mar 18, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, GA $3,500

Special Discounts

There are discounts available for this course. Please use one of the coupon codes below at checkout. Note: Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Alumni:  If you are a returning student of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) courses or you are an alumni of the GT EMIL or MSSCE programs, you can receive 10% off of any LOG course – Use coupon code SCL-Alum

Member Organization: Members of certain organizations can receive 10% off of any LOG course (for information on member organizations visit: – Use coupon code SCL-Org

Certificate Participants: To receive a certificate course price of 17% off per course, you must enroll and pay for all courses required to earn a certificate – Use coupon code SCL-Cert

Who Should Attend

Executives and managers responsible for supply chain and logistics, supply chain management professionals, supply chain engineers and analysts, inventory planners and analysts, manufacturing and process engineers, industrial engineers and systems analysts, production and warehouse supervisors and team leaders, supply chain and logistics consultants, purchasing managers, and transportation managers and engineers

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the use of inventory throughout the supply chain.

  • Develop inventory strategies to support business strategies.

  • Analyze tradeoffs between inventory costs and customer service levels.

  • Determine how to measure and improve inventory performance.

  • Understand and manage variability that impacts inventory.

  • Evaluate how to tradeoff transportation and inventory costs.

  • Determine how to optimize inventory levels to meet service requirements.

  • Understand the basics of inventory and forecasting technology.


  • Inventory fundamentals

  • Information requirements for inventory

  • Inventory replenishment

  • Inventory positioning and determining what to stock

  • Inventory rationalization

  • Forecasting and demand sensing

  • Forecasting and inventory management technology

  • Improving inventory performance

  • Inventory planning trends and innovation



  • Laptop computer for use in class

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Tim Brown