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Logistics Manager

Position Overview

Logistics managers supervise the in-bound and outbound movement, distribution, and shipping of a company’s inventory — typically raw materials, parts and products. They plan transportation and distribution routes, direct fleets, analyze budgets, and process shipments. Logistics managers also supervise many warehouse functions, creating optimal receipt, dispatching and storage procedures.

What does a logistics manager do?

  • Track and trace orders
  • Coordinate inbound and outbound shipments
  • Provide input into logistics, transportation and distribution strategy development
  • Manage transportation documentation
  • Manage orders
  • Schedule operational tasks, such as receipt, picking, packing and shipping
  • Balance demand management with capacity
logistics manager

Technical skills

  • Supply chain risk management
  • Customer expectations
  • Analytical skills
  • Capacity constraints
  • Quality assurance
Technical skills

Leadership skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to see the big picture and plan for the future
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving
Leadership skills


Top 3 Bachelor’s Degrees:

  1. Business Administration
  2. Supply Chain Management
  3. Engineering

Top 3 Master’s Degrees:

  1. Business Administration
  2. Supply Chain Management
  3. Operations management
logistics manager Education

Salary Ranges for a Logistics Manager

If you’re looking for a way to advance your career and become a certified expert in your field, consider an APICS certification. Based on results from the annual ASCM Supply Chain Salary and Career report, supply chain managers with an APICS certification reported earning more than their counterparts without a certification.

Earn 27% more with an APICS certification

It pays to earn an APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) or Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) certification.

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Salary Ranges for a Logistics Manager