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Lean Inbound Logistics (Savannah, GA)

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.

Special Note

Includes a tour of the port of Savannah. 

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.

What Is Covered

  • 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

Course Materials

  • Participants receive a course notebook.
  • Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream workbook

Course Prerequisite and Related Certificate Information

No prerequisites. This course is part of the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Certificate.

Course Instructors

Course Fees

Standard: $1,450.00, Alumni/Org Discount: $1,305.00, Certificate: $1,203.50 (cost of each course when signing up for and paying for a multi-course certificate program).

First time attendees pay the listed course fee. If you are a returning student of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) courses, you will receive a 10% discount which you will enter at the "Check Out" page. Use Coupon Code SCL-Alum.

There are also discounts available for multiple-team member registrations, to those who prepay for all the courses in a specific certificate, to active/retired military, or to members of certain organizations (click this link for a listing).

Discounts cannot be combined. To receive the coupon code for these discounts, call 404-385-8663 or send us an email prior to registration

The program fee for LIVE courses (non-online) includes continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks, parking, internet access, and all classroom materials.

If the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute must cancel a program, registrants will receive a full refund. Georgia Tech, however, cannot assume the responsibility for other costs incurred. Due to program enrollment limits, early registration is encouraged. Registrations will be acknowledged by a letter of confirmation from Professional Education.

Course Times

On the first day, please check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • First Day - 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • ​Second Day - 8:00am to 5:00pm



February 15, 2017 to February 16, 2017
Georgia Tech Savannah Campus
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Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
H. Milton Stewart School of
Industrial & Systems Engineering
765 Ferst Drive, NW, Suite 228
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343