Lean Inbound Logistics

Course Description

The efficient flow of inbound materials through your supply chain can have a significant impact on cost, quality, service, and delivery to your customer. With continued pressures from globalization, market volatility, and innovation expectations, companies are extending their reliance on lean principles to outside the four walls of the manufacturing facility. Lean inbound logistics requires strategic coordination to synchronize suppliers, transportation providers and multiple supply chain partners. And like all complex multi-party operations, the road to improvement will have its challenges. Such hurdles could include balancing inventory cost with transportation cost, the lack of leadership understanding and support, and the realities of incumbent manufacturing and procurement contracts and systems.

This course focuses on the why and how to implement lean logistics to support the lean supply chain operations – both in manufacturing and distribution. Areas of focus include: lean strategy development, identifying and overcoming operational realities, and learning the tools necessary for successful implementation.

Course ID: LOG 3161P
Course Format: Classroom

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Feb 14, 2018 Feb 15, 2018 Feb 14, 2018 Classroom Savannah, GA $1,450 18168
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15546 Feb 17, 2016 Feb 18, 2016 Classroom Savannah, GA $1,450
17192 Feb 15, 2017 Feb 16, 2017 Classroom Savannah, GA $1,450

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: www.scl.gatech.edu/orgdiscount) – 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

Company owners, consultants, logistics service providers, chief supply chain officers, vice presidents of sales operations, vice presidents and directors of process improvement, and executive, senior, vice presidents, and directors of supply chain, logistics, procurement, manufacturing, or distribution

How You Will Benefit

  • Map the current inbound logistics network.
  • Appreciate the distinct nature of the inbound logistics network as a link to suppliers and manufacturing facilities and part of the overall value chain.
  • Calculate total logistics costs.
  • Design a future state network based on lean principles.
  • Learn techniques in transportation management, supplier management, and materials planning to achieve improved material flow balances and reduced overall costs.
  • Learn the keys to strategic supplier management.
  • Understand how lean guiding principles serve as the strategic pathway to lean inbound logistics.
  • Milk Run development and mode selection.


  • Strategic value of lean inbound logistics and total logistics cost
  • Getting started – Current state map
  • Lean logistics network design – Desired state and planning for implementation
  • Material ordering and supplier management
  • Lean logistics engineering and transportation management
  • Yard control and material receiving
  • Implementing, sustaining, improving
  • Tour of port operations



  • Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream workbook

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Tim Brown