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Logistics jobs in China

In China, the logistics industry is still at the developmental stage. Logistics professionals are extremely scarce and the estimated shortfall is more than 600 million people.

Graduates wanting to enter the logistics industry need to master international trade and customs clearance, warehouse transportation expertise, financial and cost management, foreign languages, business management and legal knowledge.

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Graduate careers in logistics: what do they really involve?

Logistics is a multi-disciplinary graduate career. Graduate jobs in this career sector involve keeping things moving and understanding logistics processes, including storage, transportation and production.

Logistics is essential in any manufacturing process, in the retail industry and for many other operations. It links all the stages from finding raw materials to delivering the finished product. In our technological society, information is power so logisticians make sure the relevant people are kept informed. With the rapid delivery of information, potential problems can be detected earlier, allowing more time to solve them and to assess the impact further down the chain.

Because logistics is a multi-disciplinary career, it’s important to understand the entire process even if you are only concerned with one aspect, so that you know what impact any changes might make. Logistics managers are increasingly being involved from the start of a new project, helping to design ways to keep it efficient.

Incoming or outgoing?

In terms of manufacture, logistics can be broken into six stages:

1. Sourcing: finding the required items (such as raw materials) and making sure they’re the right quality; getting quotes from suppliers and making deals to keep costs as low as possible.

2. Transportation: using the most efficient means to transport items from the supplier to the site where they’re needed.

3. Storage: keeping items so that they’re accessible when needed. It’s more efficient to supply items ‘just in time’ – storing items for a short time requires less space.

4. Production: creating the end-product as efficiently as possible to meet demand on time and without leftovers. This may involve managing staff and/or equipment.

5. Storage: storing the finished product until it can be distributed – again, it’s more efficient to hold stock for a short time.

6. Distribution: transporting products to customers and clients in the most efficient manner.

Inbound logistics covers steps 1–3; outbound logistics is steps 5–6. Retail logistics tends to involve steps 1, 2 and 3, although some retailers – particularly those involved in e-commerce and catalogue sales – also require distribution management. Logistics plays an increasing role in planning and design, as products and processes will be more efficient if the supply-chain is considered from the start.

Logic required

In a nutshell, logistics is getting things to the right place, at the right time, in the right condition and at the right price. It’s a complex job that requires planning, organisation, practicality and technical skill. If you’re a logical kind of person who enjoys keeping things running smoothly, it may be the perfect career for you.

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 A Career In Logistics - Is It Right For You?

With the passage of time, logistics has been a revelation- offering enormous opportunities to people. A career in logistics can offer exciting challenges, early responsibility, travel opportunities along with of course, excellent remuneration. 

Logistics today have become a boardroom issue and it is often seen that companies nowadays are seeking personnel at all levels to deliver a sustaining improvement in the supply chain management. This obviously needs a vision and the drive to excel and this is the quality which differentiates the superior logistic manager from the run-of-the-mill one.

A logistic manager is responsible for collaborating with the other officers of the company such as purchasing officers, transport and warehouse managers, to ensure that the goods produced or sold by the company are received in the company′s depot on time. A logistic manager is also responsible for making sure that the goods are stored in a proper and safe manner in addition to looking after their timely dispatch. This, of course is done through the medium of specialist computer packages, monitoring the levels of stock, tracking the movement of the goods and when necessary, re-ordering goods on behalf of the company. He may also be assigned duties relating to packaging of goods and ordering process. He is also, at times, assigned the task of analyzing the prevailing systems and networks and to make plans for the development of new systems and networks for enhancing efficiency.

To begin a career in logistics, a degree in a subject related to logistics, such as supply chain management or transport management would surely be an advantage. The person who intends to get into this field must demonstrate possesion of the ability to analyze data. A handle on transportation, geography and other business-related subjects would be an added advantage.

One may also opt for higher degrees such as M.Sc. in supply chain management, transport management or logistics. This would surely add to his credentials and would help him to be better logistics personnel.

The qualities which are required in a logistics manager are the abilities that relate to managing, coordinating, and enhancing complete supply chain management. The person must have a high degree of analytical, numerical and geographical know-how. A capability to think on his feet and manage people would come in very handy. The knowledge of IT packages and methods of electronic communication such as Internet and email etc. would also be important. He must be able to perform under strict deadlines and must be able to prioritize his work and be a self-motivator.

Multitudes of organizations worldwide- from small firms to multinational companies, employ logistics managers. The organizations may range from wholesalers, manufacturers, local government, electricity suppliers, armed forces and charity institutions. The openings for a job in logistics may also extend to freight forwarder, retail managers and marketing executives. Logistics managers may need to work on a rotational basis depending upon the requirements of their respective organization.