Logistics and e-commerce

The logistics industry gets products from one place to another, safely and on time. It is extremely important when you buy things online and includes tracking, warehousing and delivery.

E-commerce (buying things online) has become more important during the COVID-19 pandemic and most businesses have created ways to make money online.

Thousands of people work to get the product you bought into your hand. Think about all the people involved in designing and coding a website, marketing the product online, predicting trends and how many people will buy the product, taking payment online, storage, picking and packing at a warehouse, truck driving, tracking your parcel, delivery to your door, review websites. The list is huge and the industry is growing.

Key employers in Greater Manchester include: * ALDI * Amazon * Manchester Airport * AO.com * The Hut Group

Example jobs available in this sector

Job Description

Flows managers ensure the supply of stock from distribution centres or warehouses to shops.


Salary Range

£35,000 plus

Working environment

Office and warehouse, with some travel.

Hours

35 hours a week minimum, with possible shift work.

Opportunities

You could progress into large organisations with complex supply chains at a senior leadership level.

Job Description

Franchise owners buy a licence to operate a business under an established brand. Franchise owners are self-employed. They employ their own staff but use the branding and products of the established company. Many well-known fast food outlets are franchises.


Salary Range

Varies.

Working environment

Office, shop, restaurant or at home.

Hours

40-42 hours a week.

Opportunities

Once your business becomes established, you could open more franchised outlets.

Job Description

Sales assistants work in shops, selling products and helping customers. They sort and replenish stock, handle payments and deal with customer queries.


Salary Range

£12,500 - £25,000.

Working environment

Shop.

Hours

Varies, often with evening and weekend work. Part-time and full-time hours available.

Opportunities

You could progress to store management and retail management roles or set up your own shop.

Job Description

Marketing executives promote a company's products, services or brand. They research and create campaigns, produce material for adverts and social media, and organise events.


Salary Range

£18,000 - £35,000.

Working environment

Office.

Hours

37 hours a week minimum, with possible evening and weekend work.

Opportunities

You could progress into management. Other opportunities include freelancing, advertising, or public relations and communications.

Job Description

Visual merchandisers create product displays to boost sales. They dress mannequins and show sales staff how to display products.


Salary Range

£12,000 - £55,000.

Working environment

Shop.

Hours

36-38 hours a week, including evening and weekend work.

Opportunities

You could progress to team leader or visual merchandising manager. You could also move into retail, exhibition or interior design, or set up your own business creating one-off displays.

What to expect from this sector in the next 10 years

The sector needs higher level skills/to upskill because of new technology and will need more staff with IT qualifications and skills.

A quarter of future jobs in the sector will be at will be at Level 4+ (beyond A-levels) and a quarter at Level 3 (A-level or advanced apprenticeship).

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