Storage and Distribution Managers

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Logistics Planning and Management Services

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products.

Common job titles of Storage and Distribution Managers 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.

  • 50% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 20.83% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Confer with department heads to coordinate warehouse activities, such as production, sales, records control, or purchasing.

    Prepare or direct preparation of correspondence, reports, and operations, maintenance, and safety manuals.

    Respond to customers' or shippers' questions and complaints regarding storage and distribution services.

    Inspect physical conditions of warehouses, vehicle fleets, or equipment and order testing, maintenance, repairs, or replacements.

    Supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.

    Participate in setting transportation and service rates.

    Plan, develop, or implement warehouse safety and security programs and activities.

    Examine products or materials to estimate quantities or weight and type of container required for storage or transport.

    Review invoices, work orders, consumption reports, or demand forecasts to estimate peak delivery periods and to issue work assignments.

    Track and trace goods while they are en route to their destinations, expediting orders when necessary.

    Issue shipping instructions and provide routing information to ensure that delivery times and locations are coordinated.

    Arrange for necessary shipping documentation and contact customs officials to effect release of shipments.

    Examine invoices and shipping manifests for conformity to tariff and customs regulations.

    Schedule or monitor air or surface pickup, delivery, or distribution of products or materials.

    Advise sales and billing departments of transportation charges for customers' accounts.

    Monitor inventory levels of products or materials in warehouses.

    Evaluate contractors or business partners for operational efficiency or safety or environmental performance records.

    Evaluate freight or inventory costs associated with transit times to ensure that costs are appropriate.

    Develop and document standard and emergency operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing, shipping, or salvaging products or materials.

    Interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel.

    Evaluate locations for new warehouses or distribution networks to determine their potential usefulness.

    Arrange for storage facilities when required.

    Prepare and manage departmental budgets.

    Negotiate with carriers, warehouse operators, or insurance company representatives for services and preferential rates.

    Select modes of transportation for the distribution of goods that minimize pollution, such as carbon output or other environmental impacts.

    Plan or implement environmental training programs and activities.

    Identify and implement carbon minimization activities to offset carbon emissions, such as by planting trees, purchasing carbon credits, or purchasing green technologies, such as air filtration or alternative energy vehicles or power.

    Evaluate the environmental implications of new warehouses or distribution networks.

    Develop storage and distribution models that include factors such as warehouse locations, customer locations, or available transportation modes to maximize operational efficiency or sustainability.

    Develop or implement plans for storage and distribution activities that emphasize technological solutions for sustainability, such as investment in smart or eco-friendly containers, dynamic distribution networks, warehouse renovations, or fuel efficient fleets.

    Develop or implement plans for facility modification or expansion, such as equipment purchase or changes in space allocation or structural design.


Wireless communication and satellite positioning tools

Radio frequency truck-mounted terminals

Radio frequency identification RFID devices

Radio frequency handheld terminals

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Pallet jacks

All Tools

Laptop computers

Global positioning systems GPS


Digital cameras

Desktop computers

Cell phones

Barcoding labels

Barcode scanners


IBM Notes

Infor ERP Baan

Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Excel

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition

Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

ABOL Manifest Systems

All Technologies

Aljex Inventory

CA Erwin Data Modeler

Cadre Technologies Cadence Warehouse Management System

Catalyst International CatalystConnect

DSA Foxware Warehouse Management

Graphics software

Hewlett Packard HP-UX

HighJump Software Warehouse Advantage

IBM i2 Transportation Manager

IBM Lotus Notes

IBM Power Systems software

Infosite Technologies DM Warehousing

Integrated Decision Support Corporation Netwise Supply Chain

Integrated Decision Support Corporation Swap Advice

Integrated Decision Support Netwise Enterprise

Integrated Decision Support Netwise Frontline

IntelliTrack Warehouse Management System

Iptor Supply Chain

Logility Voyager WarehousePRO

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software

MRA Technologies MRATrack Warehouse Management System

Oracle E-Business Suite Financials



Radio Beacon WMS

RedPrairie DLx Warehouse

Scanlon Associates LogPak

Sentai Pinpoint

Spreadsheet software

SSA Global Warehouse Management System WMS

Supply chain event management software

TECSYS EliteSeries

TECSYS PointForce Enterprise

Veritas NetBackup

Word processing software

WorkForce Software EmpCenter Time and Attendance



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

Critical Thinking

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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

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

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.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


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

Systems Analysis

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


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Judgment and Decision Making

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

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.

Time Management

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

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Management of Material Resources

Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Active Learning

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

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

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

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

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