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Logistics and distribution managers organise the storage and distribution of all products in the commercial world. Usually these products are associated with the manufacturing or production trade and are made in large quantities.
Logistics and distribution managers form an essential link in the chain of the economy of sales. They accept products from the producer and then sell these products to wholesalers. The wholesaler then sells on to a retailer, who in turn sells these products to consumers.
Logistics and distribution managers must be able to think commercially and take into account all factors that will affect their sales. This can mean monitoring the way the markets are performing, relevant competition, supply and demand schedules and costs. Much of this work will involve the use of IT and telecommunications systems.
Organisation is absolutely crucial. distribution managers must know where everything is in all of their storage spaces or warehouses. Many others also rely on this knowledge and high level of organisation, from the people making the products initially to the retailer on the high street who may need more products quickly.
Logistics and distribution managers also keep an eye on quality control, costs and the efficiency of their products. If they notice faults they must report immediately to senior management so changes can be implemented. Managers must have a good relationship with all of their staff and be able to communicate with, train, discipline or encourage them where necessary.