Logistics Analysts

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Logistics Planning and Management Services

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Analyze product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. May manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills, and shipment tracing.

Common job titles of Logistics Analysts include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 56% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 20% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Maintain databases of logistics information.

    Enter logistics-related data into databases.

    Maintain logistics records in accordance with corporate policies.

    Provide ongoing analyses in areas such as transportation costs, parts procurement, back orders, or delivery processes.

    Reorganize shipping schedules to consolidate loads, maximize vehicle usage, or limit the movement of empty vehicles or containers.

    Remotely monitor the flow of vehicles or inventory, using Web-based logistics information systems to track vehicles or containers.

    Interpret data on logistics elements, such as availability, maintainability, reliability, supply chain management, strategic sourcing or distribution, supplier management, or transportation.

    Compute reporting metrics, such as on-time delivery rates, order fulfillment rates, or inventory turns.

    Prepare reports on logistics performance measures.

    Track product flow from origin to final delivery.

    Communicate with or monitor service providers, such as ocean carriers, air freight forwarders, global consolidators, customs brokers, or trucking companies.

    Contact carriers for rates or schedules.

    Develop or maintain freight rate databases for use by supply chain departments to determine the most economical modes of transportation.

    Identify opportunities for inventory reductions.

    Arrange for sale or lease of excess storage or transport capacity to minimize losses or inefficiencies associated with empty space.

    Analyze logistics data, using methods such as data mining, data modeling, or cost or benefit analysis.

    Apply analytic methods or tools to understand, predict, or control logistics operations or processes.

    Confer with logistics management teams to determine ways to optimize service levels, maintain supply-chain efficiency, or minimize cost.

    Develop or maintain models for logistics uses, such as cost estimating or demand forecasting.

    Monitor inventory transactions at warehouse facilities to assess receiving, storage, shipping, or inventory integrity.

    Manage systems to ensure that pricing structures adequately reflect logistics costing.

    Recommend improvements to existing or planned logistics processes.

    Review procedures, such as distribution or inventory management, to ensure maximum efficiency or minimum cost.

    Write or revise standard operating procedures for logistics processes.

    Contact potential vendors to determine material availability.

    Determine packaging requirements.

    Develop or maintain payment systems to ensure accuracy of vendor payments.

    Monitor industry standards, trends, or practices to identify developments in logistics planning or execution.

    Enter carbon-output or environmental-impact data into spreadsheets or environmental management or auditing software programs.

    Compare locations or environmental policies of carriers or suppliers to make transportation decisions with lower environmental impact.

    Route or reroute drivers in real time with remote route navigation software, satellite linkup systems, or global positioning systems (GPS) to improve operational efficiencies.


Photocopying equipment


Personal computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

All Tools

Computer laser printers

Computer data input scanners


Advanced business application programming ABAP

Amazon Redshift

IBM Cognos Impromptu

IBM SPSS Statistics


Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition

Oracle Hyperion

All Technologies

Oracle PeopleSoft Financials

Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Qlik Tech QlikView

SAP Business Objects

SAP Crystal Reports


3PL Central

Cadre Technologies Accuplus Integrated Distribution Logistics System

ESRI ArcLogistics

Fleet management software

Flow chart software

Four Soft 4S eLog

Four Soft 4S VisiLog

IntelliTrack 3PL

Inventory control software

Logisuite Enterprise

Logisuite Forwarder

Optimization software

Oracle E-Business Suite Logistics

Reporting software

Spreadsheet software

Warehouse management system WMS


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

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