Industrial Distribution Program expands global presence with short courses in Qatar

The Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University conducted two short courses in Doha, Qatar, in association with Texas A&M at Qatar Continuing Education Services.

A two-day short course, Lean Supply Chain Management, was conducted Sept. 22-23 and a two-day short course, Best Practices in Inventory Management, was conducted Sept. 25-26.

The courses were held at Texas A&M at Qatar in Doha. The program was offered by the Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education, a center in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).

The courses were taught by Dr. F. Barry Lawrence, director of the Read Center and the Leonard and Valerie Bruce Endowed Chair in Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M.

The Lean Supply Chain Management course covered topics in lean principles, application of lean tools and techniques in all part of the organization. The Best Practices in Inventory Management course provides scientific best practices and approaches to inventory stratification, forecasting and replenishment. The course brings competitive advantage to organization by improving operational efficiency and effectiveness.

The courses were attended by more than 25 operations and management professionals from various companies, hospitals and public sector organizations.

For more than 30 years, the Read Center has been the leader in wholesale and industrial distribution research and education. The Read Center is the only distribution focused research center on any university campus in the U.S. The center has been offering distributor sales, operations, and finance courses since the early 1980s. Each year, the center conducts more than 25 professional development programs at both on-campus and off-campus locations all over the U.S.

The center has been conducting both open-enrollment and custom programs internationally since the 2000s in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, UK and the United Arab Emirates. Currently, the center offers open-enrollment programs in El Salvador, Panama and Qatar. The center will be offering an open-enrollment program on Lean Supply Chain Management in India during December 2013.

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