The impact of E-Commerce on the Supply Chain

Impact of E-Commerce on the Supply Chain helps learners understand how E-commerce, a reality for almost all organizations, has given rise to the need for evolution in supply chain management. The increased use of, and sophistication in, technology has driven consumers to demand goods and services in an almost instantaneous manner. The idea of waiting weeks to receive goods or the concept of services taking days to complete has been replaced by consumers demanding goods and services delivered as fast as they can perform the Internet search. This change in consumer behavior has made the supply chain a top priority for organizations. A real-time, highly visible, and highly accurate approach to key supply chain functions as they relate to e-commerce is needed.

In this course, learners examine the principles and practices of e-commerce as they relate to the supply chain initiatives at the regional and global level, including an omni-channel approach as an effective way for organizations to manage the supply chain, and the role that e-commerce data has played in the evolution of supply chain management.

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Course level

Course level


Course duration

Course duration

max. 8 weeks

Estimated time per week

Estimated time per week

10-15 hours

Course prerequisites

Course prerequisites




$ -

Course credits

Course credits


Relevant jobs

Relevant jobs

What will I learn?

Evaluate best practices for E-commerce facilitation

Examine supply chain practices and principles connected to E-commerce

Determine the skills and competencies required by the professional workforce participating in E-commerce activities

Analyze the principles and practices of E-commerce management as they relate to the supply chain

Apply 21st century supply chain principles and practices to an E-commerce supply chain scenario

Create an E-commerce supply chain strategy integrating 21st century supply chain principles and practices

Key Skills

Supply ChainE-commerceSoftware

How will I learn?

Learning Experience

Your course starts on the first of the month. Each course consists of six modules, each module will take you one week to complete and each course is designed to take you eight weeks to complete. Nexford’s learning design team has purposefully created courses to equip you with competencies mapped to the skills employers are looking for. Each course has 5-7 learning outcomes based on the skills employers need. Everything you learn gives you measurable skills you will use to succeed in today’s world of work.

Nexford courses are not live or recorded lectures. Instead, they’re reading, videos, interactive elements, quizzes and relevant case studies. Programs include assessments, peer-to-peer discussions, and a final project to practice what you’ve learned in a real-world context. Program content is available 24/7 during the course, and you have opportunities for collaboration and networking with learners during and after your program. Our global community of learners work at top companies such as Microsoft, Deloitte, and Google.

You'll have 24/7 access to success advisors to support you. Faculty also provide you world-class support. Book appointments with them, get individual feedback, and attend regular optional webinars. Nexford courses are rigorous and they encourage critical thinking - because we care about what you know how to do not what you know you have regular hands-on assessments reflecting the business world.

Course Outline
ModulesAssignment Due Date
1: Introduction to E-Supply chain managementDay 10
2: Automatic data capture using RFID and bar codesDay 17
3: E-supply chain collaboration and integrationDay 24
4: Web applications for supply chain visibility and traceabilityDay 31
5: Information security risks in the e-commerce supply chainDay 38
6: Supply chain performance measuresDay 45 (optional)
7: Final projectDay 51
How will I be graded?

Across the duration of the course, you will undertake five Formative Assessments and one Final Project.

The summative assessment is your final project and achieving a passing grade on this assessment is required to pass the course. The minimum passing grade at Nexford University is a C or above. (70% or above).

Grading Scale
Grading Weights
A 90%-100%Module Assignments30%
B 80%-89%
C70-79%Final Project Milestones30%
IIncompleteFinal Project40%
What will I get after completing the course?

You'll get real skills you can use at work, straight away. At the end of each course, you'll also get a digital badge that you can put on your LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills.

Once you've taken one course, you can take more. Using stacked credentials, you’re able to take enough courses to make a certificate, and take enough certificates to build a degree.

If you apply for a Nexford certificate or degree, you'll get credit for each course you take.

What support will I receive?

When you have a dedicated team on your side, you'll never be alone studying at Nexford. Hailing from many different countries and with online education expertise, our faculty provides you world-class support. Ask them questions during one-to-one office hours or live chat , email them any time, and get individual feedback on your assessments.

Whilst you’re learning, you’ll also have full access to the Nexford online library, which includes access to millions of full-text articles, industry reports and key sources such as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and The Economist.

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