Logistics and distribution managers organise the storage and distribution of goods. Essentially they need to ensure the right products are delivered to the right location on time and at a good cost. They may be involved in transportation, stock control, warehousing and monitoring the flow of goods.
A logistics and distribution manager needs to have an understanding of the whole supply chain so they can co-ordinate it effectively and liaise with suppliers of raw materials, manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
IT plays a big part in the role as IT systems and electronic communication methods are used to keep track of stock levels, delivery times, transport costs and performance evaluation. Logistics is at the centre of electronic commerce (e-commerce) which is developing all the time.
Logistics and distribution managers must also be aware of external influences such as legislation, fuel costs and environmental pressures. They will always need to be considering how business development can fit with sustainability.
Responsibilities vary according to the specific job role and whether the employing company is a manufacturer, retailer or specialist service provider (e.g. in third party logistics (3PL)).
A range of business tasks is undertaken to support the smooth and efficient operation of supply chain processes, and tasks usually include:
When managing warehouse or transport staff, the role may also include:
More senior roles in logistics may involve:
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