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Logistics as a Business Environment

Logistics carry out one of the most important roles in businesses in operating and coordinating the global value creation and in efficiently increasing customer satisfaction. Accordingly, logistics are deeply fixed in most companies: In 70 per cent of all firms, logistics are managed on the first or second level of the top management. Germany, as the logistics hub of Europe, is characterized by the following numbers for its logistics: a sales volume of 175 billion Euro, over 2.6 million employees in industry and retail, as well as over 60,000 service enterprises. Depending on the precise businees field, logistics offer an over-average growth of 3 to 10 per cent per year with high annual investments of approximately 15 billion Euro.

Career opportunities and Job Specifications

An occupation in logistics offers excellent career opportunities. One of the main reasons for this are the elevated and diversified job specifications. Alongside expertise and methodical competence in technology and management, social and inter-cultural competencies are essential for designing and managing value adding networks, which work on a company-wide global scale. Especially against the background of an advancing globalization and an augmenting work scope of logistics managers, it can be expected that the need for skilled employees in logistics will continue to increase on all levels.

Depending on the interests of students, the master specialization logistics can offer the ideal prerequisites for a challenging job environment in industry and retail, with a logistics service provider, in a public or private planning and research facilities, in a firm operating closely to the logistics environment in information technology or in a consulting company.

Logistics are to a great extent characterized by system-oriented and networked thinking and acting. They are an integrated concept of engineering, management, and planning sciences as well as information technology. This fact is due to the outstanding nature of logistics to be the interface function between the disciplines referred to before in all corporate divisions. Logistics perform their task of coordinating, pass on their insights to the corporate management and thereby create a holistic process-oriented approach focused on the fulfillment of customer preferences.


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