Logistics is about organising, co-ordinating and timetabling the efficient transfer of goods from the point of origin, to their destination point. It is about the planning, implementation and control of the physical movement of products (and information) to and from each part of the supply chain. Getting items from the factory to the shop front, or from the mine to the factory in the correct quantities and on time is very complex.
A career in logistics means you will be the one making sure this happens, working out timetables, ensuring vehicles are available and securing storage space. There are a range of good career paths in logistics, whether that be in planning roles, which require good computer skills, numeracy and an aptitude for thinking through problems, or management and supervisory roles where people skills are essential.
Logistics is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week and supports all sectors of the economy both in terms of facilitating international trade and the movement of freight domestically. Greater use of data analytics throughout the supply chain affects all aspects of work. Companies now offer track and trace facilities for example.
At the entry level, working in warehouses may not demand many skills, but progression will depend on developing skills, including operating machinery such as fork lifts, security screening or handling dangerous goods. Often this training will be delivered by the employer.