The logistics and supply chain management environments are in a constant state of flux. There’s a constant need to watch for trends, discuss challenges, and exchange ideas on best practices, which makes the workplace overall less of a routine. And with professionals increasingly being asked to drive change outside their daily responsibilities, they are becoming the rising stars of many sectors.
Here are three key reasons that are proof that the logistics sector is thriving, a career in logistics is more appealing, and it is fast becoming an area of interest for a new generation of business school graduates.
Why is a Career in Logistics Never Boring?
The sky is the limit when it comes to working in supply chain management and logistics. One day you might be working with a local start-up and the next you’re coordinating a large-scale logistics strategy with a multinational firm. No two days are the same in the logistics industry, and you are faced with new challenges and rewards every day, especially with the dynamic nature of itself that makes it a fulfilling career path.
For instance, a position as a logistics manager means that many people within the business’s supply chain or even from other departments will be relying on you to make sure that the product is in the right place at the right time, and everything is running smoothly up until it reaches the customer, and even beyond. The job satisfaction will keep you on your toes, excited for the next challenge that will showcase your diligence and allow you to make everyone else’s roles possible and just as fulfilling.
You’re Everywhere at the Same Time
Not being bound to a specific location both figuratively and literally has its perks. With the majority of industries that are depending upon logistics, this translates into your job position taking you to different locations. From an office to a warehouse or a delivery unit, even if you’re tracking a huge shipment or meeting with board members, your daily tasks could take any form. The exciting part? There could also be opportunities for overseas travel through business trips to visit clients or review supply chains.
The Rapid Pace of Innovation
When we talk about technology and up-and-coming innovations in logistics, there’s no room for boredom. The variety of work, challenges, and opportunities always keep the job interesting, but what takes it to another level is the crossover with exploring different technologies, materials, and modern processes that makes it exciting to work and learn at the same time, while growing professionally and personally.
The more autonomous the world becomes, the more supply chains will need to mature digitally.
Emerging technologies such as the IoT and driverless vehicles are revolutionizing the industry in years to come, so what can be more exciting than being part of a highly motivated team that drives business forward? This being said, the rapid pace of technology is bridging between other industries, particularly the field of international business. Many logisticians who choose a career in logistics are quickly developing new skills or opening up to new opportunities in international business because it speaks a similar language as theirs and connects them to a globally connected market, especially with how interdependent the two worlds are becoming with new tools and technologies.
Consumer Behaviour and SCM’s Agility
Today’s consumers are better connected which means also better-informed than before. This also translates into higher expectations when it comes to real-world channels of the supply chain and how they offer the same kind of personalized and immediate experience with the best value as the product being used by the consumer. This is where things get even more interesting and way less boring because the challenge is now double, with the retailers too, who have to ensure that their supply chain operation can begin to offer the kind of experience that consumers want.
One big part of the excitement is optimizing the buying process because if consumers are confident about what they want then they will get the right thing, the right way, at the right time. In the logistics world, this demands a great deal of attention to data and analytics to understand consumers better, and since consumer behavior is always changing, the competency of a professional is always challenged. And what better way to start than with the right tools and motivation?
EMLVs’ MSc Supply Chain Management aims to develop advanced technical skills and places value on the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles and latest engineering industrial trends taught at ESILV.
As a future supply chain manager, you will be an agent of change mastering project management, focusing on collaborators (Kanban) or customers (Lean 6 Sigma). By mastering internationally recognized certification, you will acquire new skills, enabling you to improve the flow management of materials, goods, and people.
Exciting times ahead! Join the change!