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Learn more about logistics and supply chain management by visiting the Web sites of professional associations such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (https://cscmp.org), APICS (http://www.apics.org), and the International Society of Logistics (http://www.sole.org). Keep up with industry news and developments by reading the research and news sections of these sites, and explore the career sections for job listings and other resources. A part-time job or internship at a company that provides logistics services is a great way to gain valuable experience and learn more about the field. Ask your school's career services office for help with finding job and internship openings. Attend industry events and conferences to meet logistics professionals and learn more about career opportunities. Visit the events sections of professional associations' Web sites to find listings.
Successful businesses have reliable supply chains with efficient operating procedures and processes. Logistics analysts monitor these procedures and processes, from point of purchase to distribution and internal allotment to the final delivery and clearance of resources. Any disruption or delay in logistics can increase costs and lead to losses or even diminish consumer demand. Logistics analysts study the ways businesses can improve workflows, reduce inventory, and effectively coordinate supply chain activities and delivery schedules.
Logistics analysts analyze the production and distribution process and make recommendations for ways to improve workflow efficiency and reduce costs while still delivering quality products. They work for major corporations, small businesses, and government organizations. They analyze such areas as the costs for transportation of goods, the parts procurement process, the current and past status of back orders, and the processes used for delivery.
Logistics analysts study elements such as the availability, sustainability, and reliability of the production and distribution process. They analyze how the supply chain is managed, how suppliers are managed, and the process by which goods are sourced and distributed. They use logistics and supply chain management computer software programs to create and maintain databases and reports for logistics information. They use the following software programs in their work: analytical software such as SPSS; data analysis software such as MicroStrategy; database and query software such as Microsoft Access; enterprise resource planning software such as Oracle Hyperion; and materials planning and supply chain software such as 3PL Central, among others.
Logistics analysts work closely with managers in other departments, such as procurement, production, sales, warehousing, marketing, and research and design. They work with logistics teams, discussing their findings and developing strategies for improving supply chain efficiency while reducing costs.