Tactical Decision Making in Inventory and Supply Chain Management

Course Description

Numerous tactical decisions must be made in the public and private sectors, e.g., in preparation or in response to one-time events as well as ongoing “routine” operations. Many of these decisions are concerned with the timely and efficient procurement, allocation, and distribution of resources (e.g. funds, supplies, staff) through a supply chain. This course will explore methodologies for tactical decision making including procurement and inventory policies, strategies for distribution and allocation of limited resources, and transportation decisions.

Important Course Information

This course is taught in a classroom but includes an online pre-course to be completed before the classroom session begins.

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15182 May 13, 2015 May 14, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,400
16436 May 11, 2016 May 12, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,400
17368 May 17, 2017 May 18, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,400
18360 May 16, 2018 May 17, 2018 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,400

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.

Certificate Participants: To receive a certificate course price of $2,000 per course, you must enroll and pay for all courses required to earn the certificate. Otherwise you will be prompted to pay the $2,400 regular rate per course (a total of $7200). – Use coupon code SCL-HHS

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

Who Should Attend

  • Tactical & strategic members of governmental or non-governmental organizations or private sector
  • Members of Foundations who support activities that involve logistics and supply chain management
  • TITLES: Program Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Director of Operations, Disaster Relief Manager, Director of Logistics & Inventory, Logistics Officers

How You Will Benefit

  • Optimize procurement decisions considering key factors affecting inventory policies such as lead time, variability, and product type (e.g., perishable goods).
  • Compare and contrast inventory techniques for a single event versus ongoing operations.
  • Mitigate or reduce inventory variability and costs and increase service levels through information sharing.
  • Evaluate resource allocation tradeoffs and develop policies for the allocation of scarce resources in alignment with the goals of the organization and the supply chain network.
  • Develop resource allocation and transportation strategies in alignment with the supply chain network structure.
  • Develop strategies for allocating funds incorporating the interdependencies of decisions across time and space.


  • Inventory
  • Network design
  • Resource allocation



  • Readings, case studies, spreadsheet files and lecture slides


  • Laptop with Microsoft Excel and wi-fi capability
  • High-speed internet access

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Joscelyn Cooper