What Are Logistics Jobs?

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Efficient processing of incoming and outgoing goods is a critical function of logistics workers.
Efficient processing of incoming and outgoing goods is a critical function of logistics workers. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Logistics jobs include an array of positions working with companies that help businesses carry out the management of material, service, information and capital flows. Logistics management is critical to efficient and effective operations for companies and many turn to third-party companies to provide logistics services.

Transportation

Transportation and logistics are often used in combination to describe the combined management of transporting goods with managing logistical information flows. Jobs in the transportation side of logistics range from transportation management to truck driving. Transportation managers coordinate the movement of inbound and outbound trucks to optimize efficiency and routing. Truck drivers are critical to a supplier or retailers' ability to transport materials and goods as needed.

Warehouse

Warehouse management is a major component of the 21st century transportation and logistics process. Utilizing software programs, warehouse managers and warehouse representatives manage both the physical and electronic storage and distribution of goods and information. This includes efficient use of storage space, actually inventory of incoming and outgoing goods and tracking of inventory levels at stores. Managers balance coaching and managing the warehouse distribution process while other warehouse workers participate in various aspects of the storage and distribution process.

Dispatcher

A dispatcher is generally defined as someone in charge of sending, or dispatching, vehicles where they are needed. Dispatchers work in a variety of fields and are especially important to companies or logistics providers that deal with real-time order processing and just-in-time inventory. Dispatchers must manage schedules, communicate delivery dates, times and addresses to drivers and maintain close contact with clients or stores to respond to the their needs.

Supply Chain Management

One of the fastest growing and most important logistics job areas as of early 2011 is in supply chain management, explains North Carolina State University professor Doctor Robert Hanfield. Supply chain managers manage all aspects of the flow of materials and goods through the supply chain. Vendors and buyers work collaboratively to move products from manufacturing to the end customer in the lowest cost, highest value ways. Supply chain managers help coordinate all elements of movement of goods and information. Further, they manage relationships with a company's strategic partners in the supply chain.

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