What do Logistics Analysts do?
Analyze product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. May manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills, and shipment tracing.
- Maintain databases of logistics information.
- Interpret data on logistics elements, such as availability, maintainability, reliability, supply chain management, strategic sourcing or distribution, supplier management, or transportation.
- Provide ongoing analyses in areas such as transportation costs, parts procurement, back orders, or delivery processes.
- Prepare reports on logistics performance measures.
- Confer with logistics management teams to determine ways to optimize service levels, maintain supply-chain efficiency, or minimize cost.
- Remotely monitor the flow of vehicles or inventory, using Web-based logistics information systems to track vehicles or containers.
- Track product flow from origin to final delivery.
- Recommend improvements to existing or planned logistics processes.
- Enter logistics-related data into databases.
- Develop or maintain models for logistics uses, such as cost estimating or demand forecasting.
- Review procedures, such as distribution or inventory management, to ensure maximum efficiency or minimum cost.
- Apply analytic methods or tools to understand, predict, or control logistics operations or processes.
- Monitor inventory transactions at warehouse facilities to assess receiving, storage, shipping, or inventory integrity.
- Analyze logistics data, using methods such as data mining, data modeling, or cost or benefit analysis.
- Maintain logistics records in accordance with corporate policies.
- Compute reporting metrics, such as on-time delivery rates, order fulfillment rates, or inventory turns.
- Write or revise standard operating procedures for logistics processes.
- Monitor industry standards, trends, or practices to identify developments in logistics planning or execution.
- Identify opportunities for inventory reductions.
- Develop or maintain payment systems to ensure accuracy of vendor payments.
- Develop or maintain freight rate databases for use by supply chain departments to determine the most economical modes of transportation.
- Manage systems to ensure that pricing structures adequately reflect logistics costing.
- Communicate with or monitor service providers, such as ocean carriers, air freight forwarders, global consolidators, customs brokers, or trucking companies.
- Reorganize shipping schedules to consolidate loads, maximize vehicle usage, or limit the movement of empty vehicles or containers.
- Determine packaging requirements.
- Contact potential vendors to determine material availability.
- Route or reroute drivers in real time with remote route navigation software, satellite linkup systems, or global positioning systems (GPS) to improve operational efficiencies.
- Arrange for sale or lease of excess storage or transport capacity to minimize losses or inefficiencies associated with empty space.
- Contact carriers for rates or schedules.
- Compare locations or environmental policies of carriers or suppliers to make transportation decisions with lower environmental impact.
- Enter carbon-output or environmental-impact data into spreadsheets or environmental management or auditing software programs.
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