Industrial distribution and wholesale distribution involves selling products and services to businesses, usually more expensive goods, or sold in relatively large quantities. These businesses really depend on knowing their customers' business and trying to anticipate their needs. From the time a product leaves the factory, to the time it gets to a retail store—or your front door, if you have it delivered—it is going to be loaded onto trucks, ships, and airplanes. It is going to be stocked and shipped from warehouses and distribution centers. In fact, transportation and warehousing is an industry in its own right, called logistics. The companies that provide logistics services are called 3PLs, third party logistics providers. They need drivers, pickers, supervisors, dispatchers, and managers. They also need safety specialists, process improvement gurus, and project managers.
- Most supply chains involve moving … and storing physical products. … A lot of them. … And that's what logistics is all about. … Retailers and manufacturers depend on logistics … to make sure that they have the right products … in the right place at the right time. … Most companies have employees that handle … some of their logistics, … but they also rely on other companies … called third-party logistic providers or 3PLs. … So there are logistics jobs instead of the manufacturers … and retailers and there are jobs with the 3Pls … who support them. … Let's start with the folks … who are closest to the physical products. … The associates who work in warehousing, … distribution and transportation. … This is also called material handling. … People don't usually need to have a lot of education … for these jobs, but they might need specialized … training and licenses. … We're talking about jobs like truck divers, … fork lift operators and warehouse associates. … Did you know that there are more jobs for this kind of work …
- Explain the best approach for transitioning into a supply chain position.
- Determine the types of supply chain jobs that are the best fit for a given set of skills.
- Interpret the knowledge and skills needed for a supply chain job.
- Describe how to use resources for building a career roadmap in supply chain management.
- Identify concepts in building a professional development dashboard.