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About Supply Chain, Shipping and Logistics
What is ‘Logistics'?
  • To put it simply- in the world of business, ‘logistics’ refers to the coordination function of an organization that’s responsible for commercially transporting good/services to fulfil customer requirements in terms of time and place. Logistics puts goods or people at the right place, at the right time.
  • At its most basic definition, logistics involves the distribution of a product. It is essentially about getting the right product, to the right customer, in the right quantity, in the right condition, at the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost (commonly known as the seven R’s of Logistics).
What is 'Supply Chain'?
  • ‘Supply Chain’ refers to the network of business activities that maximizes customer value.
  • A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources that are involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer.
  • This includes the product or service development from the very beginning of its lifecycle all the way to distribution to the final consumer.
What’s the difference between ‘logistics’ and ‘supply chain management’?
  • Supply chain management is a cross-functional approach that includes managing the movement of raw materials into an organisation, certain aspects of the internal processing of materials into finished goods, and the movement of finished goods out of the organisation and toward the end consumer.
  • Logistics is the smaller sibling of Supply Chain Management that deals with management of goods in an efficient way.
  • Logistics can be divided into two categories:
    • Inbound Logistics covers all the activities needed for the procurement of needed materials, handling, storage and transportation.
    • Outbound Logistics involves the collection, maintenance and delivery of products to the customer.
Do you guarantee placements and internships?
  • We always try and ensure students that enroll in our courses are given a good platform in the industry.
  • Due to our current involvement in the industry we try and ensure that our learners get internships at various clients and thereafter are considered for vacant positions based on performance.
What will be my starting role in the supply chain and logistics industry?
If you are a starter, you will most probably be starting as a:

  • Transport Coordinator
  • Receiving or Dispatching Clerk
  • Warehouse Clerk
  • Purchasing or Procurement Clerk
  • Inbound or Outbound Logistics Coordinator
  • Supply Chain Coordinator
  • Shipping and Freight Forwarding Clerk
  • Storesperson
Can you tell me something about supply chain, shipping, logistics and transport industry?
Sure, we can tell you lots of things! But, in short:

  • Supply Chain and Logistics is a growing industry
  • Supply Chain and Logistics is always on the hunt for potential candidates.
  • Supply chain and Logistics is a domestic, national, international and global industry.
  • Jobs in this industry are diverse, challenging and rewarding
  • Academic qualification and professional certifications add immense value in building a career in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry.
What kind of career path can I expect in the Supply Chain and logistics Industry?
Well, on a normal course, your career is likely to follow this path:

  • Warehousing and Distribution
  • Transportation
  • Stevedoring
  • Custom Brokerage
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Customer Service
  • Logistics Services- sales and Support
  • Procurement and Purchasing
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain
What are the different industries recruiting Supply Chain and Logistics professionals?
  • Here is the good news:
  • Any business organisation that moves products or people requires a Supply chain and Logistics professional to handle the operations therefore your career opportunities are pretty much endless.
Which industries can I build my career?
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Logistics
  • Automobile
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Hospitality Services
  • Food Processing and Cold Storage
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)
  • Transport and Warehousing
  • Supply Chain Consulting
Who are the top Supply Chain and Logistics companies in South Africa?
Well, based on market capitalisation, we can say these are some of the big players in the industry:

  • DHL
  • Bidvest
  • Barloworld
  • Imperial
  • Maersk
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
  • Grindrod
  • City logistics
  • Toyota
  • Unilever
  • SAB Miller
  • Proctor and Gamble (P&G)
  • Tiger Brands
  • South African Airways (SAA)
I’m still not convinced. Are there really so many career opportunities in Supply Chain and Logistics?
  • Yes, let’s look at simple statistics to help you understand your opportunity in this industry.
  • “We are not just short of people with skills, but of people with the right skills… If these skills shortages go unchecked, we just won’t be able to compete. We won’t be able to work effectively within organisations to ensure that functions work together seamlessly. We will not be able to work effectively across organisations to ensure that businesses collaborate for their own and the common good.” (The 6th State of Logistics Survey for South Africa; 2009).
  • “I don’t think that it is a secret that we face a massive skills crisis in our country, in particular; there is a serious skills shortage in the supply chain industry, not only in South Africa, but throughout the world. There is demand for professional supply chain abilities in every single market,” Barloworld Logistics divisional director John van Wyk. (Engineering News. 2008)
  • So, we assure you that the sky is the limit in terms of career opportunities in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry.
What are the areas of Internships?
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Business Development
  • Transport Operations
  • Retail Operations
  • Port Operations
Entry Requirements
Introductory Certificate
  • No matric, grade 10 or work-related experience
  • Matric with pass in English and Maths
  • Mature entry considered
  • Certificate in related supply chain, logistics, shipping and transport
Advanced Diploma
  • Diploma in related supply chain, logistics, shipping and transport
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