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11-3071.00 - Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.

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The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
  • Supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.
  • Plan, develop, or implement warehouse safety and security programs and activities.
  • Inspect physical conditions of warehouses, vehicle fleets, or equipment and order testing, maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
  • Collaborate with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.
  • Analyze all aspects of corporate logistics to determine the most cost-effective or efficient means of transporting products or supplies.
  • Resolve problems concerning transportation, logistics systems, imports or exports, or customer issues.
  • Develop and document standard and emergency operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing, shipping, or salvaging products or materials.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, union contracts, environmental policies, or government regulations.
  • Analyze the financial impact of proposed logistics changes, such as routing, shipping modes, product volumes or mixes, or carriers.
  • Monitor inventory levels of products or materials in warehouses.
  • Establish or monitor specific supply chain-based performance measurement systems.
  • Prepare and manage departmental budgets.
  • Monitor product import or export processes to ensure compliance with regulatory or legal requirements.
  • Prepare management recommendations, such as proposed fee and tariff increases or schedule changes.
  • Interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel.
  • Advise sales and billing departments of transportation charges for customers' accounts.
  • Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.
  • Confer with department heads to coordinate warehouse activities, such as production, sales, records control, or purchasing.
  • Implement specific customer requirements, such as internal reporting or customized transportation metrics.
  • Maintain metrics, reports, process documentation, customer service logs, or training or safety records.
  • Examine invoices and shipping manifests for conformity to tariff and customs regulations.
  • Plan or implement energy saving changes to transportation services, such as reducing routes, optimizing capacities, employing alternate modes of transportation, or minimizing idling.
  • Evaluate contractors or business partners for operational efficiency or safety or environmental performance records.
  • Negotiate with carriers, warehouse operators, or insurance company representatives for services and preferential rates.
  • Develop or implement plans for facility modification or expansion, such as equipment purchase or changes in space allocation or structural design.
  • Direct inbound or outbound operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, and logistics quality management.
  • Plan or implement improvements to internal or external systems or processes.
  • Recommend or authorize capital expenditures for acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and services.
  • Review invoices, work orders, consumption reports, or demand forecasts to estimate peak performance periods and to issue work assignments.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
  • 89%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 Administration and Management
  • 83%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 80%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 English Language
  • 76%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 72%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Personnel and Human Resources
  • 71%
    Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 70%
    Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 Economics and Accounting
  • 65%
    Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 Production and Processing
  • 64%
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 64%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 62%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Law and Government
  • 62%
    Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 Education and Training
  • 62%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 59%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 Sales and Marketing
  • 56%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • 54%
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • 52%
    Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 Communications and Media
  • 51%
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Personal communication devices
  • Cell phones
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
 Computer data input devices
  • Barcode scanners
  • Radio frequency identification RFID devices
 Fixed network equipment and components
  • Radio frequency handheld terminals
  • Radio frequency truck-mounted terminals
 Mobile messaging platforms
  • Wireless communication and satellite positioning tools
 Duplicating machines
  • Photocopiers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Digital cameras
 Safety apparel
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Barcoding labels
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • 3PL Central
  • Amber Road
  • Cadre Technologies Accuplus Integrated Distribution Logistics System
  • Cadre Technologies Cadence Transportation Management System
  • Cadre Technologies Cadence Warehouse Management System
  • Catalyst International CatalystConnect
  • ESRI ArcLogistics
  • FedEx Ship Manager
  • Fleetware software
  • Four Soft 4S VisiLog
  • Four Soft 4S eLog
  • Geometrix
  • HighJump Software Warehouse Advantage
  • IBM i2 Transportation Manager
  • Infosite Technologies Dispatch-Mate
  • Integrated Decision Support Corporation Expert Fuel
  • Integrated Decision Support Corporation Netwise Supply Chain
  • Integrated Decision Support Corporation Swap Advice
  • IntelliTrack 3PL
  • IntelliTrack Warehouse Management System
  • Logisuite Enterprise
  • Logisuite Forwarder
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Materials resource planning MRP software
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Logistics
  • Radio Beacon WMS
  • RedPrairie DLx Warehouse
  • SSA Global Warehouse Management System WMS
  • Summary Systems Fleet Commander
  • Supply chain event management software
  • TECSYS EliteSeries
  • TECSYS PointForce Enterprise
  • UPS WorldShip
  • Warehouse management system WMS
  • Microsoft ProjectHOT
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio ManagementHOT
  • Aljex Inventory
  • DSA Foxware Warehouse Management
  • Infosite Technologies DM Warehousing
  • Inventory control software
  • Iptor Supply Chain
  • Logility Voyager WarehousePRO
  • MRA Technologies MRATrack Warehouse Management System
  • Sentai Pinpoint
  • ABOL Manifest Systems
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Finance accounting and enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Argos Software ABECAS Insight Freight Management System FMS (accounting feature)
  • Automated expense reporting system software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP softwareHOT
  • Infor ERP BaanHOT
  • Microsoft DynamicsHOT
  • Microsoft Dynamics AXHOT
  • Microsoft Dynamics GPHOT
  • NetSuite ERPHOT
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOneHOT
  • SAP ERP OperationsHOT
  • TMW PowerSuiteHOT
  • Transtek Compass ERPHOT
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials
  • WorkForce Software EmpCenter Time and Attendance
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Graphics software
  • Microsoft VisioHOT
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Presentation software
  • Argos Software ABECAS Insight Freight Management System FMS (calendar and scheduling feature)
  • Scheduling software
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
  • Spreadsheet software
 Data management and query software
  • SAP Business Objects
  • Airline global distribution systems GDS software
  • Bentley Transportation Data Manager
  • Database software
  • Labelmaster Software REG-Trieve
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • Microsoft SQL ServerHOT
  • Structured query language SQLHOT
  • CA Erwin Data Modeler
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise EditionHOT
 Educational or reference software
  • ALK Technologies FleetSuite
  • ALK Technologies PC*Miler
  • CoPilot Truck
  • Integrated Decision Support Corporation Route Advice
  • Intergraph GeoMedia Transportation Manager
 Industry specific software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3DHOT
  • Bentley MicroStationHOT
  • Eaton Fleet Advisor
  • Freight Rail Crew Optimization Scheduling FRCOS software
  • IMSure Solutions SHIPflex
  • Integrated Decision Support Match Advice
  • Integrated Decision Support Netwise Enterprise
  • Integrated Decision Support Netwise Frontline
  • Optimization software
  • Scanlon Associates LogPak
  • Shipping Solutions
 Information exchange software
  • Email software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • IBM NotesHOT
  • Microsoft OutlookHOT
  • Transportation management system TMS software
 System management software
  • IBM Power Systems software
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
  • Oracle Transportation Management 6 Essentials
    500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065800-833-3536

  • Oracle Retail Merchandising System 13.2 Foundation Functional Implementer Essentials
    500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065800-833-3536

All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The licensing information below is organized into sections and is useful for pursuing if you are interested in a career in this field.
No specific licensing information is listed for this occupation in the area you have selected.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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New River Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Southside Virginia Community College
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Peninsula Community College
Virginia Western Community College
Wytheville Community College
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