Instructor and Online Hybrid

This hybrid course includes instructor-led classroom sessions and a package of online tools that will arm you with the knowledge required to lead supply chain improvement initiatives.

Leveraging the emerging concept of the “flipped classroom,” this course is extremely effective in teaching participants the best practices and emerging trends in supply chain improvement programs.

A Complete Package

This comprehensive course includes:

  • 32 hours of instructor-led education and discussion.
  • Group exercises providing the opportunity to compare your company with the concepts you are learning
  • Multiple rounds of The Fresh Connection, an interactive team-based business simulation where you will make strategic executive level decisions in a high-pressure environment.
  • Access to a package of online tools that will reinforce and enhance your learning.
  • A certificate of completion that you can frame and display for all to see.
Supply Chain Improvement Course

The Fresh Connection

The Fresh Connection

The Fresh Connection is a team-based business simulation that provides an exceptional means for learning how to lead a business by practicing collaboration and consensus building:

  • Teams of four collaborate to save a failing company.
  • Each team member will select one of four functional roles: purchasing, operations, sales, or supply chain.
  • Participants make strategic executive level decisions in a high-pressure real-life environment.
  • Every decision has trade-offs, both within and across the four roles.
  • Participants learn about best practices and emerging trends through hands-on experience.
  • Collaboration and consensus building skills are developed as teams compete across multiple rounds.

The successful team will craft the best strategy and align all four functional disciplines. Winning is about generating the best ROI for the business while meeting your own Key Performance Indicators.

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What People Are Saying

“The Fresh Connection was a challenging test of decision making, commercial awareness and learning agility that requires each individual to understand the impact of their role and actions on the profitability of the whole business.” – Adam Lockwood, Supply Development Manager at Mars UK

“I was totally addicted to my role as VP of Sales and could not wait to collaborate with my teammates to improve our performance and beat our competitors; an educational experience that exceeded my wildest imaginations.” – Mike Loughrin, CEO at Transformance Advisors

“The Fresh Connection (TFC) creates greater alignment and a deeper understanding in the world’s biggest and best businesses. In the Fortune Global 500, 40% of the top 100 manufacturing businesses are using TFC. In the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25, over 50% are using TFC: “the ultimate value chain experience.” – Hans Kremer, Partner at Inchainge

Package of Online Tools

The online tools are available 24 hours a day and include:

  • High definition audio visual presentations that cover key topics in supply chain improvement.
  • Concise articles on targeted topics that have been written specifically for this course.
  • Assignments providing you the opportunity to compare your company with the concepts you are learning.
  • Quizzes that help you determine your understanding of the concepts and mathematical formulas.
  • A final exam that demonstrates you are able to lead supply chain improvement initiatives.
Supply Chain Improvement Course

What People Are Saying

“The Fresh Connection was a challenging test of decision making, commercial awareness and learning agility that requires each individual to understand the impact of their role and actions on the profitability of the whole business.” – Adam Lockwood, Supply Development Manager at Mars UK

“I was totally addicted to my role as VP of Sales and could not wait to collaborate with my teammates to improve our performance and beat our competitors; an educational experience that exceeded my wildest imaginations.” – Mike Loughrin, CEO at Transformance Advisors

Agenda

+Before Class
  • Article: Why Improvement Programs Fail
  • Article: What is The Fresh Connection?
  • Article: Bashing Best Practices
+Day 1: Improvement Programs
  • Presentation: Lean Transformation
  • Group Exercise: Your Lean Assessment
  • Round 1: The Fresh Connection
  • Team Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Presentation: Six Sigma
  • Group Exercise: Your Variation
  • Presentation: International Standards Organization
  • Group Exercise: Your Standards
+Assignments During Break 1
  • Online Survey: RightPage Assessment
  • Article: What is Lean?
  • Article: What is Six Sigma?
  • Article: What is Lean Six Sigma?
  • Online Quiz 1
  • Article: What is Return on Investment?
+Day 2: Delivering Return On Investment
  • Presentation: Building a Project Charter
  • Group Exercise: Your Charter
  • Presentation: Documenting ROI
  • Group Exercise: Your ROI
  • Round 2: The Fresh Connection
  • Team Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Presentation: Presentation Skills
  • Group Exercise: Your Presentation
+Assignments During Break 2
  • Article: Must Have Presentation Skills
  • Online Quiz 2
  • Article: What is Stage Gate?
+Day 3: Product and Service Development
  • Presentation: Stage Gate
  • Group Exercise: Your Development Gates
  • Presentation: Mass Customization
  • Group Exercise: Your Customization
  • Round 3: The Fresh Connection
  • Team Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Presentation: Managing End of Life
  • Group Exercise: Your Portfolio
+Assignments During Break 3
  • Online Survey: RightPage Assessment
  • Online Quiz 3
  • Online Presentation: Economies of Scale
+Day 4: Network Design
  • Presentation: Design Considerations
  • Group Exercise: Your Network
  • Presentation: Network Optimization
  • Group Exercise: Your Opportunity
  • Round 4: The Fresh Connection
  • Team Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Reward Ceremony: Who Achieved the Highest ROI?
+After Class
  • Online Quiz 4
  • Online Final Exam
+Certificate of Completion

Each participant will earn a certificate of completion after:

  • Attending the classroom sessions
  • Completing the assignments scheduled outside of the classroom
  • Taking all quizzes and the final exam

What People Are Saying

“This comprehensive program provides high quality audio video presentations with the knowledge you need. It includes assignments that get you started with your own program for improving supply chain management at your organization. The quizzes and a final exam validate your learning and allow you to feel confident when leading supply chain improvement initiatives.” – Mike Sheahan, Past President of APICS: The Association for Operations Management and Vice President at Transformance Advisors.

Who Should Attend?

Supply Chain Executives
  • Future leaders in the field of supply chain management.
  • Current leaders seeking to stay current with best practices and emerging trends.
  • Individuals that manage collaborative activities with customers or suppliers.
  • Information technology professionals that direct the development and support of systems used for managing a supply chain.
  • Those that lead improvement initiatives such as creating a sustainable organization or implementing an ERP system.

What People Are Saying

“The Fresh Connection was a challenging test of decision making, commercial awareness and learning agility that requires each individual to understand the impact of their role and actions on the profitability of the whole business.” – Adam Lockwood, Supply Development Manager at Mars UK

“I was totally addicted to my role as VP of Sales and could not wait to collaborate with my teammates to improve our performance and beat our competitors; an educational experience that exceeded my wildest imaginations.” – Mike Loughrin, CEO at Transformance Advisors

Public Classes

Supply Chain Improvement Schedule

$1,590 per person or $1,290 with earlybird registration.

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Private Classes

Contact us to discuss bringing this course to your organization.

We can help educate your team and get everyone on the same page and pulling in the right direction.

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