Updated December 2022
Every product you see on a store shelf or online took a long and winding journey through a supply chain. Before a single pair of jeans can end up in your closet, for instance, it must go through a complex process of material sourcing, production, warehousing, and distribution.
Supply chain management is about coordinating each step of that process. Supply chain training teaches you how to do that, so your employer can save money and serve customers better.
Students learn what it takes to get a product from point of origin to point of consumption, including how to solve challenges, deal with clients, negotiate with suppliers, organize warehousing, transportation logistics, etc.
Supply chain degree programs are available, but this post focuses on a quicker path to employment—a supply chain diploma. Diplomas are built around the practical skills you need to get started in the industry.
So what exactly will you learn in a supply chain diploma program? Here are five key areas covered in class.