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Storage & Distribution Managers

Also called: Distribution Center Manager, Distribution Manager, Terminal Manager, Warehouse Manager

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.
  • Plan, develop, or implement warehouse safety and security programs and activities.
  • Inspect physical conditions of warehouses, vehicle fleets, or equipment and order testing, maintenance, repairs, or replacements.


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Resource Management
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job
  • making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Leadership
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Catalyst International CatalystConnect
  • IBM i2 Transportation Manager
Inventory management software
  • Aljex Inventory
  • Iptor Supply Chain
Analytical or scientific software
  • Integrated Decision Support Netwise Enterprise
  • Integrated Decision Support Netwise Frontline


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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