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CISCOM through the Decades

In 2004, the first version of CISCOM was developed as The Supply Chain Primer, in response to the need for a dynamic and engaging training program in supply chain management. We are proud to see that CISCOM has met the expectation, which is evidenced by the fact that it is the only training program in supply chain management accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a global mark of distinction.
Today, CISCOM training is accessible globally through the instructor-led online course, and also delivered locally through BRASI Affiliates. It is estimated that the demand for supply chain and operations management training will increase with time. CISCOM is poised to meet this requirement, and we will continue to serve the emerging needs of the businesses and professionals in the years to come.

BRASI is an ANSI-accredited Certificate Issuer

CISCOM is the only training program on the subject accredited by the American National Standards Institute, USA.


CISCOM – Professional Credential attend the instructor-led training from your own location

CISCOM training is offered online from our US location for global participants and in-class at our Affiliate locations. The training comprises a total of 50 hours, including instructor-led training, case study, assignments, learning quizzes and computer-based simulation. Both delivery formats prepare candidates for the standard CISCOM Exam, which is conducted online. Further details are available in our course brochure. The next online course will begin on January 12, 2019 and end on March 16, 2019. Book your spot now!

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CISCOM Instructor Review Course

The next BRASI Instructor Development Training is scheduled to begin on March 16, 2019. This will include instructors from our new affiliates.



Amazon Testing more Aggressive Shipment Service in Three US Markets

Program Now Called Amazon Shipping for Marketplace Sellers Live in New York, Chicago and LA
Amazon is getting more aggressive with a program now called Amazon Shipping, which appears to be the current version of a program launched in 2018.

As reported on the Lloyds Loading List web site, and based on a new posting by Amazon-focused research firm TJI Research, Amazon is said to be soliciting parcel shipping business from customers using its marketplace services in New York, City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Amazon Shipping is said to involve Amazon picking up packages directly from select marketplace customers it is “inviting” to be part of the program. This would include daily parcel picks Monday to Friday and delivering them seven days a week to customers nationwide.

Marketplace customers sell over the Amazon web site but traditionally do their own order fulfillment.
This appears to be an extension of a program first called Shipping with Amazon (SWA). In early 2018, it was reported that with SWA, first tested just in the LA area around that time, Amazon would take direct control of shipping for its marketplace sellers in the area, picking up packages at those company's facilities, getting them into its network, and in some cases take those parcels all the way to consumers' homes.

SWA, in turn, is similar to, but different from, another service Amazon announced in 2017 called FBA Onsite. With that, Amazon will again take shipments from its third-party Marketplace sellers into its network, but only to leverage its volumes and scale using traditional carriers such as FedEx, UPS and the USPS for last mile delivery. The theory was that scale gives Amazon more options for the shipper in terms of cost and delivery times, and enable more Marketplace orders to participate in the Amazon Prime program that offers free two-day shipping for a set fee per year.

The SWA program took that program ever further, with Amazon not just taking the shipment into its network, but taking care of final deliveries where it could. Amazon is already performs some last mile delivery in dozens of markets, a number that continues to grow as Amazon expands yet another program, Amazon Delivery Partners. Under that initiative, local entrepreneurs lease branded vans, pick up ordered items in their markets from an Amazon FC or other facility, then make the local deliveries.

In other markets, it appears Amazon will often get packages close, say via truckload carriers or air, and then use the traditional carriers for the last mile.

According to Lloyd's list, this full seller-to-customer shipping service is just the latest sign that Amazon not only its developing its long denied plans to become a major parcel carrier of its own, but also has ambitions of being a major logistics service provider such as XPO Logistics.

In fact, just recently XPO said revenue from its largest customer, universally believed to be Amazon, would fall from some $900 million to $300 million in 2019, as the customer moved in-house many of the services XPO was handling related to sortation for US Postal delivery.
TJI notes that "While we understand Amazon Shipping currently only operates via ground, we generally expect Amazon to employ more of its logistics assets and expertise to incorporate air and other modes of transportation in the future."
Just recently, Amazon announced it was increasing its equity stakes in Atlas Air Worldwide and Air Transport Services Group, from which it leases freight aircraft. Amazon will now own about 40% of both companies.

What's more, in December, Amazon expanded its air fleet by 50 planes. It's also opening several regional air hubs, including a $1.5 billion hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, slated to open in 2021.

According to a recent report which cited data from consultancy Shipmatrix, Amazon currently handles 10% of its own shipping traffic. Meanwhile, USPS handles 62% of Amazon's traffic, UPS handles 21 to 26% and FedEx handles 8 to 10%.





Application of CMMI

While teaching Total Quality Management I would always touch on CMMI. This got a boost when one of our student of Engineering Management student thesis was on use of CMMI in evaluating admission process of Universities. Then I started working on CMMI application in Enterprise Resource Planning software modules specially SAP HANA version for students and CMMI usage in determining process improvements of organisations  which are ISO Standards certified .
 I have extracted following information from publication of CMMI Institute.

Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a framework for process improvement originally developed by Carnegie Mellon University.

 “CMMI is a proven approach to performance management with decades of results showing it works.”

Students doing course on ERP systems using S/4 HANA modules for Production planning, Material management, Sales & distribution, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing management systems etc  evaluate the usefulness of these modules in terms of easy to use, Key Process Indicators displays, etc.using CMMI.  Based on student surveys these modules are ranked to Level 4 Quantitatively Managed except Supply Chain Module which is ranked to Level 1 Initial as this module according to students surveys is not easy to use.

The CMMI Institute describes three models, each serving a different purpose: CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV), CMMI for Services (CMMI-SVC), and CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ). “CMMI-DEV is used to improve engineering and development processes in an organization that develops products. CMMI-SVC is used to improve management and service delivery processes in an organization that develops, manages, and delivers services.

For Supply Chain CMMI-ACQ  can be used to improve supplier management processes in an organization that deals with multiple suppliers for its business.”

Each CMMI Model prescribes differing levels of “maturity,” within prescribed process areas. Maturity levels range from 1 to 5. At maturity level 1, organizations are typically ad hoc and unpredictable, with little or no process control. At higher maturity levels, multiple processes and organizational performance becomes more managed and controlled.

In my opinion one of the way to see hundred percent compliance of ISO standards is to see if it could match to CMMI level 5.

 Can ISO Standards and CMMI Work Together?
“Yes. Many organizations that are already using ISO have chosen to adopt CMMI to leverage their processes beyond compliance to continuous improvement.

In particular, the synergy between ISO 9001 and CMMI is high. But the emphasis in CMMI is on assuring institutionalization – across multiple projects – that represent the organization being appraised. As a result, we sometimes find that a "Maturity Level 3" organization easily passes its ISO auditor's look, but that ISO organizations are sometimes not of "higher maturity."

In general, CMMI is more detailed than ISO 9001, and covers areas of the business that are often ignored by 9001 implementations, so in that sense you could consider it stricter. On the other hand, the areas that CMMI covers are generally well-related to the coverage of ISO 12207, which helps to "fill in the gaps" for ISO 9001.”

Muhammad Moin Uddin Ali Khan, Associate Professor cum Head of Logistics & Supply Chain Management
program is a scholarly practitioner. He has done MS in Engineering from the University of Missouri, USA, and BSc and BE degrees from the University of Karachi. He has been trained in fields of Operations Management, Quality Assurance, Environmental Management, Supply Chain Management, and Technology Management from USA, Japan, UK, South Korea, Sweden, Russia, Brazil, and Australia.
He has been associated with the industry and education for over 40 years. He is certified lead Auditor ISO 9000 QMS & ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System and is actively involved in developing Quality Enhancement activities at IoBM in close coordination with the HEC of Pakistan as a result of which IoBM was awarded a score of 100% in QEC scorecard by QA of HEC. His research interest is in areas of Food Supply Chain, High strength steels, Quality Management, Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions, Climate change & Supply Chain, Energy management, etc. He has conducted Institutional Performance Evaluation of several universities and is an active member of APQN, AMDISA, INQAAHE, CHEA and SEPA. His previous assignments include Principal of Institute of Materials Sciences & Research Pakistan Steel.
He has a Blog on “Happiness.”


With the onset of spring, watch out for kids playing in the streets, and bike riders. Be mindful of various outdoors activities for a safe and enjoyable season.



BRASI and Queens College, Mississauga, Canada will jointly organize a seminar on Supply Chain Management, on March 28, 2019

The seminar was well attended by academia, students and the professional community. Key note speaker, Mr. Eugene Fernandez highlighted the increasing use of technology in supply chain management, along with valuable perspective on some ground breaking technological advancements.


Computer-based supply chain simulation is a high value component of CISCOM –Certificate in Supply Chain and Operations Management.

Students apply their knowledge of supply chain concepts and practices to life-like situations, changing the logistical parameters, such as manufacturing sites, warehouses, fleets, products, customers and so on, in response to market developments and assess the effect of their decision on supply chain performance.
Another outstanding feature of CISCOM – unique and value driven.

Welcome our new Affiliates

Promatas, Oman

XC Excellence International University


Meet with Bharti Chawla, CISCOM

 Bharti achieved his CISCOM in March 2019.

Bharti started her journey as a commerce student and opted to study Bachelors of Commerce. After successfully doing her graduation she came to Canada for her post graduation and opted Supply Chain and Management. She has keen interest in marketing and operations management that is why she did CISCOM under the guidance of Professor Jaison Mathews.

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