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Supply Chain Fundamentals for Complete Beginners

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9 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. SCM Basics: Introduction

    • 2. SCM Basics: Course layout & Scope

    • 3. SCM Basics: What is supply chain?

    • 4. SCM Basics: The role of supply chain within an organization

    • 5. SCM Basics: How supply chain relates to other business function

    • 6. SCM Basics: Explain what is upstream and downstream

    • 7. SCM Basics: Supply chain flow (overview of each fields of expertise)

    • 8. SCM Basics: How to leverage Supply Chain in a business to gain competitive advantage

    • 9. 1 6 SCM Basics: Conclusion

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About This Class

Welcome to Supply Chain Fundamentals. This training course is designed for those who have zero or limited knowledge in supply chain.

The reason why I made this course is to share my 10+ years of experience in supply chain management so that you can benefit from improving your business’ operation or gaining a new skillset.

The goal of this course is to give you a glimpse into supply chain management: what is it and why it’s important, the functions of supply chain, and how to leverage supply chain to gain competitive advantage in a business – large or small.

At the end of this video, you should be able to understand the basics of supply chain including:

  • Definition of supply chain
  • The role it plays in a business
  • How it relates to other functions within the company
  • What is supply chain upstream and downstream
  • Supply chain fields of expertise
  • Competitive advantage within industries
  • Competitive advantage within companies: large to small

Please note that this course is not design for someone who already has knowledge or experience in supply chain. A more advanced training course will be taught separately in the near future.

In the meantime, I hope you will find this training course valuable and enjoyable.


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Jean-Paul Tournay

Supply Chain Professional


Hello, my name is Jean-Paul Tournay and I’m of French origin.

I have over ten years of experience in supply chain and project management. I have a bachelor's degree in supply chain, APICS certified, and a MBA.

I made a SkillShare video in hope to spread my knowledge about the essence of supply chain management.

In my spare time, I am a high-tech enthusiast who enjoys exploring new technology especially in the film industry and robotics. I also love to travel, play sports, and make videos. 

Currently I live in USA with my beautiful wife and daughter. We love discovering new places and learning new things together.


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