Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012 - (Page 54)

On the A cOmplex netwOrk Of rOAds, rAilwAys And even rivers mAke up the lOgistics industry; find Out hOw it cOuld see yOur cAreer mOve, nOt Only up in the wOrld, but ArOund the wOrld, tOO… move the capacity for career growth and development in a fast-paced business environment. With continuing demand being placed on companies to deliver more for less and the recent trend towards outsourcing – particularly for procurement – supply chain operations are becoming an increasingly complex and important aspect of strategic planning for organisations globally. With such an extensive spectrum of roles available in the industry, the opportunities below provide just an overview of what’s on offer in logistics; try searching for more specific career paths at www. n basic terms, logistics maps the flow and management of goods from A to B. And as a primary business function, the logistics sector currently provides £74.45 billion to the UK economy and employs 2.3 million people. But the business concept of logistics surprisingly only came to be recognised as such in the 1950s, where the increased complexity and globalisation of supply chains required experts in the field to manage the efficiency of logistical processes within the business framework. There are two main types of logistics: outbound and inbound; the former is concentrated I externally on outgoing products and the latter focussed internally on the obtainment of goods. However of course, there are a host of interconnected processes that link the two and allow the shipping of materials and products to run smoothly on a daily basis. Logistics forms a crucial role in the majority of businesses, especially in the retail industry, where the flow of goods is critical to retaining stock and managing the supply and demand of the consumer. Whilst not an area commonly highlighted for its career opportunities, logistics can prove an exciting industry with 054 WORDS: Jessie Bland | PICTURES: Getty Images, Shutterstock

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Hilary's hello
The home office
Dress to impress
The woman at the top
Your guide to education
Intern success
What do you mean?
CV don’ts
The thrill of the search
Money matters
Moving on.
Let’s get medical
Medical know-how
Caring and sharing
A senior moment?
Keeping it clean
Going global
Funeral services
Home sweet home
Constructing a career
As good as new
Power on
Engineering heroes
Changing gear
A bright spark!
Water work
Bank on it
Insure your career
Nice supplies
Get creative!
Don’t sell yourself short
Food for thought
Hilary Devey Q&A
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Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012