Distribution Managers

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Distribution Managers

Distribution Managers - Overview

Storage and transportation managers direct the pickup, transport, and storage of goods.

Storage and transportation managers move goods around the world. They work for shipping organizations such as:

  • Airlines
  • Railroads
  • Trucking companies

Storage Managers

Storage managers coordinate the activities in warehouses. They oversee workers who receive, store, and ship products. They negotiate contracts with shippers in other areas of the country.

Transportation Managers

Transportation managers decide which routes their company will cover. They select routes based on different factors such as customer needs and fuel costs. Transportation managers supervise workers who dispatch, route, and track vehicles.

Transportation companies may need approval from government commissions before making route changes. Managers represent their companies at hearings or meetings with these commissions.

Storage and transportation managers interview, select, and train staff. They determine how many employees are needed and supervise their work. They make sure their company follows union rules. Managers work with unions to negotiate contracts or solve complaints.

Storage and transportation managers maintain their buildings, equipment, and vehicles. They inspect vehicles and buildings to make sure they are safe. When needed, they order repairs and purchase new equipment. They may also develop plans for security and warehouse expansions.

Managers have a mix of administrative duties. They:

  • Bill clients
  • Resolve customer complaints
  • Write reports
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.