Vast range of career opportunities in field of logistics

2015-10-28 06:00
andlt;?Daniel Heise, left, and Asisindise Mavela are third-year ND logistics and final-year BTech logistics students respectively.

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andlt;?Daniel Heise, left, and Asisindise Mavela are third-year ND logistics and final-year BTech logistics students respectively. Photos: SUPPLIED

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LOGISTICS is a booming industry and an important driver of economic growth.

Effective and efficient logistics management assures the on-time availability of a business firm’s requirements and those of its customer base.

It is essential to overall business success as it has a direct impact on the cost structures and customer service levels, as well as the overall competitiveness and profitability of firms across the greater spectrum of industries, including the manufacturing, marine, mining, retail and service industries.

The supply chain operations of these firms are enhanced through the proper implementation and alignment of its logistics functions.

Logistics professionals are responsible for providing and managing processes through which customer needs are fulfilled in the most cost-efficient manner.

They manage the flow of goods and services within their respective firms, as well as across the supply chains in which they operate.

The importance of logistics is further elevated as the operations of firms are expanding and taking on a more global character which stretches its supply and distribution lines.

For these firms, global deployment is an important necessity as it allows them to remedy challenges and seize opportunities in the global market place.

This dynamic and challenging business field offers the student a vast range of rewarding career opportunities. Research studies indicate that logistics professionals are sought after and many enjoy top positions in businesses.

To respond to this challenge, the logistics department at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is introducing a BCom degree in logistics and transport economics starting in January next year.

The BCom: Logistics and Transport Economics programme prepares the student for the demands and challenges of real-world logistics. It offers a comprehensive curriculum with a wide subject range as the sphere of logistics involves a multitude of different factors, such as supply-chain management, procurement, transportation economics and systems, as well as inbound and outbound logistics.

This qualification provides the student with the relevant theory, terminology and an overall insight of logistics. It furthermore enables the student to conceptualise the processes, operations and management of the logistics function in practice.

This will assist students to apply and integrate logistics management skills which are essential for the achievement of optimal supply chain performance.

Gavin Cook and his team are ready to start the new programme that will prepare students for careers such as supply chain manager/coordinator, logistics manager, procurement specialist, port manager, freight planner, materials controller, freight/ material expediter, production scheduler and operations manager.

For more information, contact, M Klaas (faculty officer) at 041 504 2939 or

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