The Logistics Industry Need & Want You..... Ever wonder how the evidence of your latest online shopping binge ended up at your doorstep?
The answer is: it’s LOGISTICS!! In our increasingly connected world, a lot of planning and coordination goes into getting the products we need into our hands.
From food to cars to clothing, logistics and supply chain management (LGM) professionals create processes to deliver goods to consumers safely, efficiently and cost effectively. They coordinate the storage, inventory, sales and distribution of goods, from the time the product is stored in the warehouse to the moment it reaches the customer’s doorstep.
With last year’s boom in online shopping and the increased demand for the fast-delivery of products, logistics and supply chain management is a growing field with well-paid job opportunities in a variety of industries, including healthcare, hospitality and retail. Not sure what a career in logistics and supply chain management looks like? Read on to learn more about the industry, job opportunities and how a degree in logistics and supply chain management can help you secure entry to supervisor-level positions.
What is logistics and supply chain management (LGM)? Logistics and supply chain management (LGM) is about getting the right products to the right customers at the right time and place. As Pima alum and Associate Vice President of Community Development at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Peter Newbegin puts it, “LGM is the backstage of the global economy – the global movement of people, goods and information around the world from producers to consumers.”
Supply chain management and logistics are often looped together because they go hand in hand. Think of supply chain management as the umbrella term that includes everything from taking inventory of your products to managing the shipment of goods to keeping track of sales. It’s an important part of any business that makes and sells products.
Coordinating logistics is a step in the supply chain management process. The goal of coordinating logistics is to successfully and efficiently develop processes that move your products into the hands of your customers. Logistics and operations managers focus on how to make the supply chain happen on time and under budget.
Logistics is made up of two parts: inbound and outbound logistics. Inbound logistics refers to the process of getting, storing and monitoring your business’s materials. Outbound logistics focuses on how to successfully distribute your products to your customers. Both inbound and outbound logistics require a diverse skill set such as tracking transportation of goods, managing purchasing requests and completing inventory. Ultimately, LGM is about problem solving.
The need for innovative logistics and supply chain management solutions was never more apparent than during the pandemic. As Pima’s LGM Program and Discipline Coordinator, Christopher P. Theriot points out, “I believe one of the most impactful results of the pandemic's strain on the global supply chain markets was the innovation that had to keep the world moving in spite of all of the unknowns and difficulties. It forced us to discover new ways of doing things just to keep life going!”
To put it simply, LGM is an ideal field for people who enjoy coming up with solutions. Theriot continues, “As a result, industry had to learn to deal with the backlash of such phenomena like hoard buying, such as the great toilet paper rush of 2020. Actions like this caused a huge global ripple effect across many consumer sectors, and it was a monumental task to mitigate the supply chain deficit and come up with solutions.”