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7 Free Skill-Building Resources for Supply Chain Professionals

When the coronavirus hit, it caused many manufacturing plants to shut down which made an increasing number of supply chains vulnerable, especially those running lean inventory systems. This has caused companies to reevaluate their practices, including learning how to become more innovative.  

Supply chain professionals now must be more adaptable and innovative than ever before as the industry is expected to soar long after the pandemic is over. With supply chain professionals in high demand, it’s important to make sure you stand out, whether you are job searching or currently employed. Here are some free resources to help you remain competitive: 

  1. Alison: Whether you’re a supply chain subject matter expert or just starting your career, Alison offers great free courses in supply chain management. More introductory courses will teach you about the flow of goods to the consumer, and more advanced courses will help you learn about innovative supply chains and supply chain risk management. Start learning today for free. 

  2. edx: Want to learn more about supply chain technology? Register for edx’s free course in Supply Chain Technologies and Systems where you will learn about fundamental IT concepts, supply management systems and analysis of data. Sign up today for free.  Another great free course offered through edx by MIT is Supply Chain Design, which teaches you how to optimize supply chain information to improve business performance. You will learn about supply chain finance, procurement, sourcing, production planning and demand management. Sign up for free. 

  3. SQL Training through Udemy: SQL is a database management tool gaining popularity in supply chain management. It's used to query data from various sources to provide meaningful insights for supply chain strategy. You can use SQL to organize productivity data, sales data, replenishment data and more. Udemy has some great free courses to learn or advance your skills in SQL. Sign up for free today.  

  4. Tableau Training: Are you looking for ways to display your data in a more organized and effective manner? Udemy also offers great courses on the data visualization tool, Tableau. Sign up for free today.

  5. Oxford Home Study: This free course from Oxford Home Study is great for entry-level professionals looking to get a deeper understanding of the industry. In this course you will learn how the supply chain works, participants in the supply chain, and managing planning and sourcing operations. Sign up today. 

  6. Coursera: Check out the free supply chain courses ranging from supply chain management, logistics, planning, analytics, sourcing and operations from universities like Rutgers, The University of San Diego, the New York Institute and many more. Take advantage of the free learning today.  

  7. FutureLearn: This platform offers a variety of supply chain courses about sustainability, innovation, logistics, crisis management and more for free. Many companies right now are redesigning their crisis management planning and trying to stay up to date with the rapid changes in technology. Sign up today.  


 

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