Transportation and Distribution Manager

What do Transportation and Distribution Managers do?

Transportation and distribution managers use a large base of knowledge to plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation, storage, or distribution operations within an organization. They  are in charge of allocating and shipping merchandise in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.  


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Experienced Wage

As a Transportation and Distribution Manager you will:

Direct dispatching and routing of transportation vehicles
Interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel
Plan, organize, and manage staff to ensure work is accomplished
Prepare or direct preparation of reports and maintenance and safety manuals
Supervise the work of logistics specialists, planners, or schedulers

Training & Educational Opportunities

Many employers prefer professionals with training and certification in areas such as Supply Chain Management, Project Management, or Business Analysis. Some employers may seek candidates who have an APICS certification from the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM).


Training Providers

  • DePaul University
  • Harper College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • MicroTrain
  • Morraine Valley Community College
  • University of St. Francis
  • Waubonsee Community College

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Types of Employers

  • Construction companies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Transportation and warehousing businesses
  • Trucking companies
  • Utilities

Opportunities for specialization and advancement:

  • Director of Logistics
  • Regional Transportation Manager
  • Senior Manager, Fleet Operations
  • Shipping and Inventory Control Manager