A logical career – investigating logistics
‘The importance of logistics and supply chain management has grown in a really big way,’ says Patience Mahlaba of Boston City Campus & Business College, Braamfontein. ‘In any industry goods need to be sourced, bought, stored and dispatched. This is even more important in a digitally run business. The efficient and effective management of all these processes is critical in the business world.”
Patience goes on to say that graduates who are equipped with a comprehensive and integrated knowledge of logistics will have doors open to them.
‘In the retail sector, there are elements that must be almost perfect in order to remain competitive and efficient. These include customer relationship management, pricing, timing, and delivery,’ she explains. ‘It makes sense then that logistics and supply chain management are critical competencies that contribute to creating customer satisfaction.
‘Delivering products/services at the promised time; place; cost, and in the agreed-upon quantity and quality keeps the wheels turning in this business and career.’
So what does a job in logistics entail? The logistics sector ensures that goods are available to consumers when and where they need them. When you register at Boston, a chain is set in motion to ensure you get your academic material, notes, textbooks, registration pack – all at the right time and the right place – we have over 45 branches so this must be done right! Logisticians oversee important phases of a product’s life, including allocation, distribution, and delivery.
The demand for logistics is currently at an all-time high, so if you hope to find steady, high-paying work, this might be the career for you.
1. Job growth
Logistics is a rapidly expanding field that experienced growth even in the height of the recession. Now, the field is even more promising. As the economy experiences a downturn, retail spaces close, and online markets increase. Therefore so does the need for logistics managers.
2. There is a relatively low barrier to entry
Logistics offers job-seekers the opportunity to secure well-paying work without an advanced degree.
3. Opportunities exist for promotion within logistics and within the company
Upper management jobs will be available – make sure you can take advantage by continuing your studies with a degree.
4. Work close to home
Since warehouses require large spaces, many will be found outside of the very industrial or urban areas where rent is costly and may be situated closer to residential areas.
5. Specialise in an industry
Within the field of logistics, candidates can choose an industry that they enjoy such as medical, retail or books. Places of employment also can vary from big corporations, small business, and not-for-profit organisations.
6. Personal development of broad-based skills
Many logistics practitioners remain in the field for a sustained time, but others use the skills they’ve gained to move into other fields. Transferrable skills that will be developed in the field of logistics include forecasting, workflow optimisation, general management, and financial planning.
The Boston Higher Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management will enable graduates to operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based applications; Understand the implications of basic accounting and value analysis in the reduction and possible elimination of total cost of operations in an organisation: Apply different stock and materials management technologies in order to offer best service to both internal and external stakeholders: understand different sources of vendor information: apply logistics and procurement principles to manage forecasting and time.
Steady employment and high pay encourage individuals to remain in the field because they find their work so rewarding. However, the skills they develop do open new and exciting challenges for them! A 2017 report compiled by a supply chain management research association says that millennials see supply chain management as an opportunity for growth. These upbeat employees believe in their ability to make a difference in this field, enjoying the personal growth and development.
From more details on a career in logistics call the Boston call centre on 011 551 2000, visit us on Facebook, or visit www.boston.ac.za.