In order to qualify for the course we had to work our way through a LEAP course, a kind of online course. This was scheduled for 40 hours, which we went through in the evening after work: Eight units about Supply Chain Management Principals, divided into Demand Planning, Supply Management and Procurement, Warehousing, Inventory, Manufacturing, Transportation Overview and Customer Service. 40 houirs later we all successfully completed the LEAP course and qualified for the college week.
Monday morning at 07:30 a.m.: We all met a little bit earlier to register at the secretary’s office. Then we werde accompanied to our interactive classroom, where we would spend the whole week from now on. After a small refreshment at the breakfast buffet, our course started directly. Our course leader was G’Sean Williams, who already has 20 years of professional experience in supply chain management and has completed several international deals in the field of logistics.
Monday and Tuesday were the days for quotation techniques and their processes. The bid package release process is divided into 12 steps, from requirements to supplier labeling. After we finishes class at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, we had a harbour tour on our program. Togehter with Iris we got a private tour through the Georgia Ports/Garden City Terminal. Savannah, in contrast to Hamburg for example has only one Terminal and thus Savannah is one of the most important and largest terminals in the U.S. The Tour was very interesting for everyone and we learned a lot of facts about the harbour. We were lucky and there were just many container vessels that werde loaded and unloaded.
Wednesday was generelly about contracts its structure and different parties. Then we talked more precisely about the terms and conditions in contracts and their different meanings. Thursday and Friday were devoted to the subject of negotiations. We discussed how these would work and what technique we could use to steer the negotioations in a desired direction. Furthermore, we examined our individual characters and their effects in negotiations.
On Friday we were divided into two negotiationg groups and got a case that we negotiated. We ended our discussion with a win-win-situation and were able to use our learning material directly.
In summary the week at the Georgia Tech was a lot of fun through interactive learning and will bring us a lot for our future.