Logistics in the Supply Chain

Discover how all the pieces in the supply chain work together. This course covers such diverse topics as globalization, shorter life cycles, increased outsourcing of goods and services, and focus on higher quality and lower cost.

After completing this course, you will receive 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which can be applied toward the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) CPSM recertification, C.P.M. recertification and/or A.P.P. reaccreditation program requirements.

Note: ISM does not endorse, certify or sponsor this program or its content.


  • The role of logistics networks in supply chain management
  • Logistics service providers analysis and choice
  • Forecasting
  • Inventory
  • Metrics and collaboration


Operations and Supply Chain Management

Key Benefits

By participating in Logistics in the Supply Chain, you should be able to:

  • Understand the elements of logistics network design decisions and be able to participate in a network design team
  • Understand the roles, limitations and cost structures of various logistics service providers, including third-party logistics service providers
  • Be familiar with the plethora of services now offered by third-party logistics service providers and be an informed participant in decisions to use these types of services
  • Understand the role of forecasting and how to apply some simple forecasting tools to short- and mid-range forecasts, as well as gain an understanding of forecast error
  • Understand some common tools for managing inventory, the concept of risk pooling and some of the issues associated with the use of radio frequency identification (RFID)
  • Be aware of some of the issues, approaches and tools for business continuity planning, also known as disaster planning or crisis management
  • Be aware of the benefits of collaboration with trading partners, the use of metrics for improving processes and the application of the Supply Chain Operations Reference Model.