Logistics Management

Logistics Management - definition, tasks, career & salary

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Sound logistics management is the basis for sustainable optimization of processes throughout the supply chain.
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Sound management is a prerequisite for successful and effective logistics. Find all important information on this topic in the following article!

A brief definition of the term: Logistics Management controls both intra- and extra-logistics and thus the areas of warehouse technology, conveyor technology, packaging technology and distribution. For this reason, this specialist discipline is fundamental to the functioning of logistics departments and operations.

A detailed definition is provided by the website logistics studies: Logistics Management refers to the integrated planning, organization, control, monitoring and processing of the flow of goods and materials with the associated information flows and sometimes ends only with the disposal or recycling of goods.

The goal of logistics management is to maximize the profitability and success of logistics processes. Therefore, the development of new concepts and the optimization of existing systems is always at stake. At the same time, the aim is to master current challenges (such as bottlenecks, price increases and changing customer requirements) and save costs in the long term.

Sub-disciplines of Logistics Management

Logistics Management involves working in various disciplines:

  • Supply Chain Managers keep an eye on the entire value chain. They control and plan the flow of goods and information across the entire company.
  • Warehouse Managers design, control and monitor internal warehouse processes. In their work, they are supported by Warehouse Management Systems.
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  • Real Estate Managers design logistics properties individually tailored to the needs of the respective manufacturing company and are involved in the selection of a suitable location. Proximity to production and disposal sites as well as important infrastructural hubs (such as airports, shipping ports and a connection to the rail network) play an important role in the choice.
  • Fleet Managers manage the company's own fleet of vehicles - from trucks to forklifts. Their aim is to make the fleet more sustainable and cost-efficient. Mobility within the company should always be maintained at maximum availability. Among other things, fleet managers plan the corresponding loading capacities of individual vehicles and their routes.
  • Of course, there are also Staff Managers working in logistics. They take care of recruiting suitable specialists and are the contact persons for salary questions

Jobs, salary and training

To gain a foothold in Logistics Management, you should have a degree in Business Administration. The University of Heilbronn, the University of Hohenheim (Business Administration) and the Steinbeis Center of Management SCMT (Business Administration) offer corresponding courses, e.g. “Transport Business Administration and Logistics”.

Once a Logistics Manager has started his career, he can expect attractive salaries. In Supply Chain Management , for example, employees earn € 40,000 to € 60,000, and as a director salaries can easily got up to as much as € 300,000.

This article was first published by MM Logistik.

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