Supply chain management
Supply chain management is the process of overseeing how goods and services evolve from ideas and raw materials into finished products or services. It includes various processes such as purchasing the raw materials, moving them to the manufacturing sites, using them to produce goods, transporting the final product to the customer, and even keeping the track of where the sold products go. It integrates materials, finances, suppliers, manufacturing facilities, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers into a seamless system.
When used in a business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet the requirements of customers or corporations. The resources managed in logistics can include physical items such as food, materials, animals, equipment, and liquids, as well as abstract items, such as time and information. The logistics of physical items usually involve the integration of information flow, material handling, packaging, inventory handling, warehousing, and transportation.
Transportation refers to the movement of raw materials, work-in-processes, and final products from one location to another in the supply chain. It has a significant role in logistics and supply chain management. Finding the best transportation mode (e.g., water, rail, air, road), designing the transportation network, finding the shortest routes with the lowest costs to deliver the products to destinations as well as scheduling the movements of trucks to deliver the packages on time, are some of the decisions that are being made in transportation management.
Career Paths in Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation Management
Logistics, wholesale, and manufacturing-related jobs comprise more than 20 percent of all jobs in the Inland Empire which shows great promise for graduates in this field. Salaries for logistics and supply chain personnel also tend to be highly competitive, reflecting the importance and the challenging nature of the work, as well as the scarcity of qualified individuals. There are various career paths to choose from. Consider the following salary and growth projections regarding jobs in the supply chain, logistics, and transportation management (source: O'NET Online):
|Job Title||Median Salary 2018||Rate per Hour||Projected Growth 2016 to 2026||Projected Job Openings 2016 to 2026|
|Logistics Manager||$94,730.00||$45.54||5% to 9%||9,700|
|Procurement Manager||$118,940.00||$57.18||5% to 9%||6,300|
|Supply Chain Coordinator||$107,480.00||$51.67||5% to 9%||76,200|
|Supply Chain/Logistics Analyst||$74,600.00||$35.86||5% to 9%||15,600|
|Distribution Manager||$94,730.00||$45.54||5% to 9%||9,700|
|Fulfillment/Warehouse Manager||$104,480.00||$51.67||5% to 9%||9,700|
|E-commerce Logistics Analyst||$74,600.00||$35.86||5% to 9%||15,600|
|E-commerce Operations Manager||$100,930.00||$48.52||5% to 9%||210,700|
|E-commerce Sales & Logistics Coordinator||$94,730.00||$45.54||5% to 9%||9,700|
|E-commerce Logistics Supervisor||$74,600.00||$35.86||5% to 9%||15,600|
|E-commerce & Business Development Manager||$70,530.00||$33.91||5% to 9%||104,200|
Let’s hear from a CSUSB graduate about the logistics, supply chain and transportation management and their significance to the development of the Inland Empire Community:
In February 2019, Brookings published a report about advancing opportunities in California’s Inland Empire (IE) (Source: inlandgrowth.com/). Brookings identified logistics and manufacturing industries as the crucial drivers of economic growth and prosperity in IE, which include nearly 27 percent of the region’s good jobs. To ensure sustainable growth of the region, Brookings reported that it is a “must” for the IE leaders to increase the competitiveness of these industries and invest in workforce development strategies. In this regard, the Inland Empire Growth and Opportunity (IEGO) has prioritized driving the investment in logistics and supply chain industry cluster with the goal of achieving quality jobs, environmental sustainability, and economic growth in the region.
To follow opportunities as detailed in the Brookings report, the Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO), and Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) have facilitated a consortium of academic and industry partners to develop the strategic plan to stablish the California Sustainable Logistics Center of Excellence. Three faculty from the Information and Decision Sciences (IDS) Department, Dr. Barbara Sirotnik, Dr. Conrad Shayo, and Dr. Nasrin Mohabbati are serving in this core team of this initiative. The center will facilitate the transformation from traditional operations into emerging logistics systems with the goal of making the IE a world leader of the logistics and supply chain industry. A boost in the logistics and supply chain management job market is expected in the region in upcoming years.
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