Five skills your logistics team should know

Many companies rely on the transport of goods on a daily basis. Logistics teams are therefore the backbone of business and should integrate into all of the supply chain functions seemingly. So here we outline some of the skills your logistics team need, to do just that.

1.Organisation, Planning and Execution

There are always peak periods throughout the year, such as Cyber Monday, so planning and being organised for these as well as throughout the year is crucial. Being competent in eCommerce and technology along with excellent forward-planning, performance analysis and forecasting will naturally help your team excel, especially in busy times.

2.Process Development

The logistics team should have an appetite for process development and always be identifying ways to streamline the work process. This may cover cost minimisation, utilising production, efficiencies and improving quality control. People who are part of a logistics team are critical for a business and play a major part and understanding these areas will create a strong team.


Leading on from the above point. Continually training the team is the foundation of any procurement or logistics operation. That can start with hiring the right person to lead the team who knows how to identify talent and to shape the logistics function by attracting the right calibre of experience and create initiatives to keep them engaged.

4.Use of Technology

Software can support the day-to-day logistical operations and make processes easier and more efficient. Using bespoke logistical software can be a great way to manage the logistical process. With more people than ever shopping online, the need for more efficient bespoke software systems is growing at a rapid rate. Those members of your logistical team who can identify and deploy the correct software will forever be one step ahead.

5.Utilising Layout Utilisation

The team should have a knowledge of utilising various layout options to optimise workflows and improve efficiencies. Understanding existing warehouse infrastructure, systems and process designs, as well as supply chain and logistics strategy should be something the team understands and goes hand in hand.  A warehouse that is designed to be the most efficient and utilise it space well are in a strong position to increase productivity.

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