AO403 Athletic and Outdoor Material Sourcing

Certificate Track: Athletic and Outdoor Product Management

Choosing the right materials for a product is one of the most crucial decisions in designing performance gear. It is important to balance this decision from a cost perspective as well as a branding and functional perspective. Company representatives from both a manufacturer and retailer perspective should also be educated in materials to be able to articulate the benefits of one product over another. In this Material Sourcing course, you will examine the importance of materials planning and proper sourcing, and consider questions such as:

  • Which materials are hardest to source?register now button
  • How do materials impact your costs and product price points?
  • What are the lead times within materials planning?

Because the A&O industry exists in a global market, the course will investigate how and why to source materials internationally, and how companies deal with importing materials. The instructors will also provide insights on successful negotiation strategies, as well as contract and compliance issues for international and domestic sourcing.

Coursework includes lecture and small-group work in class, and selected readings and case studies to be completed outside of class.

What You Cover
  • International sourcing techniques and importing issues
  • Price, cost uncertainty, and contract negotiations
  • Inventory control and storage
  • Compliance issues
  • Cost of materials versus functional demands
  • How material decisions align (or not) with a brand's image

Cost: $499
Discounts may apply, please refer to the registration page for details.

Instructor: Mitchell Sayre
Mitchell SayreMitchell Sayre is a Business Development & Implementation Manager at OIA Global, where he creates material sourcing and supply chain solutions for major footwear brands. His previous roles working for footwear brand, factory, and raw material suppliers allow a 360° view of the supply chain. Mitchell has spent 10+ years living in Asia.



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Courses can be taken individually or can be applied to a certificate within a three-year limit. Courses completed outside of the three-year limit will need to be retaken to qualify for certificate completion.