Purchasing & Inventory Management Strategies for Small Businesses (Oakland)

Purchasing & Inventory Management Strategies for Small Businesses (Oakland)

Monday, November 13, 2017 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Free to Attend
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Effective purchasing and inventory management, also known as Supply Chain Management, or SCM, is essential to compete and succeed in today’s hypercompetitive economy. 

The Purchasing & Inventory Management seminar will be beneficial for any business needing to more efficiently manage or move inventory, including: retail, E-Commerce, manufacturing, distribution and transportation, in addition to consultants working with these industries. 

This seminar explores the new applications and technologies available to small businesses for implementing supply chain management practices that reduce costs and improve customer service. 

Seminar content will include: 

1) Supply Chain Management enabling technologies that reduce operating costs: 
• EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and XML (eXtensible Markup Language) 
• Barcodes and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags 

2) Supply chain management software to automate small business operations: 
• Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications: NetSuite, Business ByDesign, etc. 
• Small business accounting applications: QuickBooks, Sage 50, etc. 

3) An overview of the most common Supply Chain Management process, including: 
• Purchasing, Procurement or Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) 
• Inventory Management (IM) 
• Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) 
• Point of Sale Systems (POS) 
• Retail Management Systems (RMS) 

For a preview of the seminar content, please see the following video snippets from an earlier version that was presented as a webinar: 

1) Introduction to Supply Chain Management for Small Business {17:26 minutes} 

2) Supply Chain Management Applications for Small Business {16:10 minutes} 

About the Instructor 
David Bokash has been a Business Advisor with the Alameda County SBDC since May 2008. He has more than 20 years of supply chain management (SCM), information technology (IT) and internet commerce experience, and has worked with small businesses and startups, in addition to Fortune 500 companies. 

Lee Lambert
Cal State East Bay
1000 Broadway St. Montclair Room
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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation.