AO403 Athletic and Outdoor Material Sourcing

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Course Description

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 course, you will examine the importance of materials planning and proper sourcing, and consider questions such as:
• Which materials are hardest to source?
• 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.

Questions about this course? Please contact CEPE at or 503.719.7655

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


  AO403 - 006 Athletic and Outdoor Material Sourcing      
  2017-2018 - Fall 2017   Status:  Available
Number of Sessions: 5 Sessions
Contact Hours: 15.0
Course Fee(s):
Course Fee non-credit    499.00
Potential Discount(s):
Early Bird Discount
Referral Discount
  1.5 CEUs
Location:   Center for Executive and Professional Education
In-class:   Mon, Wed 6:00PM - 9:00PM
27 Nov 2017 to 11 Dec 2017
Building: Crown Plaza Building
Room: Ross (100B3)
Delivery Options:  In Class
Instructors: Will Sandman
  Section Notes:  

Class dates are November 27 & 29 and December 4, 6, & 11, 2017 from 6-9 pm

Cancellation Policy

The deadline to drop or transfer is at midnight five days before the class start date.