Logistics

Logistics is the ability to get the right product, to the right customer, in the right condition, at the right time, at the right cost in a seamless flow of efficiency and effectiveness.

The evolution of logistics management/supply chain management both as a career path and as a management function within the firm continues to grow with the global economy. This is evident by the growing number of executives with “logistics/supply chain” in their respective titles, growing salaries, as well as the importance of logistics/supply chain within the firm.

This is exactly why the College of Business & Health Administration at the University of St. Francis developed its logistics program – to meet a growing demand in a very challenging and rewarding profession in logistics/supply chain management.

 

What can I do with Logistics?

  • A logistician is responsible for analyzing and coordinating the logistical functions of a firm or organization, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • A logistics/supply chain professional is responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, inventory, warehousing, and distribution to the customer.

More about the program:

The logistics program at the University of St. Francis is designed to be a practitioner-based, applied professional program. Students must complete a number of prerequisite courses prior to registering for courses in logistics. The specific logistics courses should only be taken in the student’s second semester junior or senior year of study at USF. The specific logistics courses are only taught online and include Business Logistics and Global Logistics. All other courses in the logistics program are offered on-site for traditional based students and online for students in the BS in Management program. Additionally, students in their senior year are allowed to take up to eight credit hours (two courses) of graduate credit work that may be applied towards an MBA or MSM degree. Business Logistics and Global Logistics both qualify for graduate credit.

Furthermore, the College of Business & Health Administration at USF is proud to announce that we have had five students earn financial awards from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), the Chicago Roundtable of the CSCMP, as well as Delta Nu Alpha in the past two years!

As a Logistics minor you will learn to:

  • Develop a solid understanding of the strategic role logistics and the supply chain plays in achieving a firm’s corporate goal, leadership ability, quantitative analysis skills, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Apply theory to real world cases and applications. You will not just read textbooks and recite information. You will be expected to utilize the theory learned in a more practical, industry-wide application.
  • Design operational systems that provide continual integration of logistics/supply chain activities with a growing emphasis on achieving a competitive advantage in a global economy.
  • Advance the profession of logistics and supply chain while demonstrating ethical decision making throughout your career.

The first!

The University of St. Francis is the first American university to sign a working agreement with The Logistics Institute of Canada.

“USF is a leader in providing high quality education and professionalism – two elements that are of the utmost importance to the Institute,” said Victor Deyglio, president of The Logistics Institute. The Logistics Institute has awarded more than 2,000 P.Log, certifications worldwide.

Career outlook

The employment outlook for those interested in a career in logistics is very promising. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected employment growth from 2006-2016 is faster than average.

This is especially true in the area surrounding USF and Chicago. Your undergraduate degree from USF with a minor in logistics will greatly improve your opportunities for a promising career in logistics/supply chain.

Here are a few titles that you could achieve in the field of logistics/supply chain:

  • Customer Relationship Manager or Account Representative
  • Warehouse/Distribution Manager or Supervisor
  • Transportation Manager, Analyst or Planner
  • Inventory Manager, Analyst or Planner
  • Procurement Manager, Analyst or Buyer
  • Logistics Manager
  • Director of Distribution
  • Director of Logistics
  • Director of Supply Chain
  • VP Transportation
  • VP Operations
  • VP Logistics
  • VP of Supply Chain

 

Potential salaries

  • Dispatcher – $38,000
  • Inventory – Specialist $41,000
  • Buyer – $48,000
  • Operations Supervisor – $58,000
  • Operations Manager – $85,000
  • Logistics Manager – $106,700
  • Director of Logistics – $155,000
  • VP of Logistics – $160,000
  • Director of Supply Chain – $150,000
  • VP of Supply Chain – $275,000
  • VP of Operations – $450,000

Sources: The Ohio State University, 2007 Survey of Career Patterns in Logistics, Sponsored by the CSCMP http://cscmp.org/downloads/public/career/careerpatterns07.pdf ; and personal knowledge of USF alums in logistics/supply chain related positions

In the real world

Internships for USF students include:

  • Caterpillar
  • Alliance Shippers
  • Menlo Logistics
  • DSC Logistics
  • US Steel
  • EJ&E Railroad
  • YRC Logistics

Learn more about the profession

Curriculum

Required Courses (24 Hours)
Financial Accounting (3)
Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
Management and Organizational Behavior (3)
Operations Management (3)
Logistics Management (3)
Transportation Management (3)
Global Logistics Management (3)
Principles of Marketing (3)

For more curriculum information

See the USF Catalog