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Does anybody know of any good books/magazines for getting a basic understanding? Currently working in a warehouse but want to move to distribution (i.e. a firm like UPS or FedEx) in a few months once I have a bit more experience and knowledge.
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I can't think of any direct paths to Logistics Knowledge via book, but I will recommend The Goal by Eli Goldratt. The book centers around Theory of Constraints relative to production, but I believe you can also apply TOC to logistics. We read it in our graduate Operations Management class. Well, I did.
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UPS and FedEx are express delivery companies, and whilst part of logistics as a whole they are but a subset. For distribution you should look towards smaller firms who are at the end of the supply chain as you would be able to do more there. Try and find a branch organisation for logistics in your country/state, and see what you can find out.

Personally, I'd take a look at the intermodal companies, or freight forwarders as you'll get to see a lot of different industries.
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I can't think of any direct paths to Logistics Knowledge via book, but I will recommend The Goal by Eli Goldratt. The book centers around Theory of Constraints relative to production, but I believe you can also apply TOC to logistics. We read it in our graduate Operations Management class. Well, I did.
Thanks, that sounds interesting and actually quite relevant to my current job (although I'm looking at moving job and company by the end of the year), I'll have a look at that. Surely there must be some books for people learning about SCM at university or industry publications?
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UPS and FedEx are express delivery companies, and whilst part of logistics as a whole they are but a subset. For distribution you should look towards smaller firms who are at the end of the supply chain as you would be able to do more there. Try and find a branch organisation for logistics in your country/state, and see what you can find out.
Personally, I'd take a look at the intermodal companies, or freight forwarders as you'll get to see a lot of different industries.
When I say "distribution" I mean transporting shit, I don't know what technical/business definitions there are, I've only been doing my job/giving a fuck about logistics etc for a month and a half.
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Try subscribing to this magazine: http://www.scmr.com/ or checking out this forum: http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/index.php
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