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What do Logistics Managers do?

Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.

What are the Main Tasks of Logistics Managers?

  • Resolve problems concerning transportation, logistics systems, imports or exports, or customer issues.
  • Collaborate with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.
  • Maintain metrics, reports, process documentation, customer service logs, or training or safety records.
  • Supervise the work of logistics specialists, planners, or schedulers.
  • Direct inbound or outbound logistics operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, or logistics quality management.
  • Direct or coordinate comprehensive logistical or reverse logistical functions for product life cycles, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, recycling, reuse, or final disposal of resources.
  • Negotiate with suppliers or customers to improve supply chain efficiency or sustainability.
  • Direct distribution center operation to ensure achievement of cost, productivity, accuracy, or timeliness objectives.
  • Negotiate transportation rates or services.
  • Analyze the financial impact of proposed logistics changes, such as routing, shipping modes, product volumes or mixes, or carriers.
  • Recommend optimal transportation modes, routing, equipment, or frequency.
  • Monitor product import or export processes to ensure compliance with regulatory or legal requirements.
  • Participate in carrier management processes, such as selection, qualification, or performance evaluation.
  • Develop risk management programs to ensure continuity of supply in emergency scenarios.
  • Plan or implement improvements to internal or external logistics systems or processes.
  • Plan or implement material flow management systems to meet production requirements.
  • Analyze all aspects of corporate logistics to determine the most cost-effective or efficient means of transporting products or supplies.
  • Create policies or procedures for logistics activities.
  • Communicate freight transportation information to customers or suppliers, using transportation management, electronic logistics marketplace, or electronic freight information systems, to improve efficiency, speed, or quality of transportation services.
  • Establish or monitor specific supply chain-based performance measurement systems.
  • Implement specific customer requirements, such as internal reporting or customized transportation metrics.
  • Ensure carrier compliance with company policies or procedures for product transit or delivery.
  • Train shipping department personnel in roles or responsibilities regarding global logistics strategies.
  • Review global, national, or regional transportation or logistics reports for ways to improve efficiency or minimize the environmental impact of logistics activities.
  • Prepare or file environmental certification applications.
  • Design models for use in evaluating logistics programs or services.
  • Recommend purchase of new or improved technology, such as automated systems.
  • Conduct or review environmental audits for logistics activities, such as storage, distribution, or transportation.
  • Implement or monitor carbon or environmental management, accounting, or audit systems.
  • Develop plans or set goals to reduce carbon emissions associated with storage or transport activities.
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