Industrial Distribution and Logistics Program
Distribution and Logistics represents professions in the workplace concerned with the movement and delivery of goods and services throughout the world. At ECU, this program provides a unique combination of coursework that prepares students for successful careers in a range of challenging areas.
Program Mission: The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution and Logistics degree program is to provide an applied distribution and logistics education for careers in operations, business to business sales, and transportation and logistics. The program will develop technical, analytical, business, and communication skills required for professional and organizational success.
- Graduates utilize appropriate analytical tools to provide solutions for logistical, relational, and operational problems within a supply chain, distribution system or customer service system.
- Graduates design and implement systems to integrate information, facilities, people, technology, and other resources in an economic manner, while maintaining respect for ethical, environmental, health, safety, social and political issues.
- Graduates are competent at selling themselves, their products and their ideas.
- Graduates continuously improve the processes and the systems that are used to deliver products and services to their customers.
- Graduates engage in life-long learning.
- Graduates are effective team members and team leaders on multi-disciplinary teams.
- Graduates communicate technical product information and business concepts in an effective manner through the use of graphics, oral presentations and written documents.
- Graduates will exhibit an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and up-to-date tools for their discipline.
- Graduates will exhibit an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems appropriate to their discipline.
- Graduates will exhibit an ability to analyze, design, optimize, and maintain systems or processes appropriate to their discipline.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to adapt to emerging applications of technology appropriate to their discipline.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to communicate effectively.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to function effectively on teams.
- Graduates will recognize the need for, and exhibit the ability to engage in lifelong learning.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to understand professional, ethical, global, and social responsibilities.
- Graduates will exhibit respect for diversity and the knowledge of contemporary professional, societal, and global issues.
- Graduates will exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
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Courses cover areas of the distribution and logistics industry including:
- Sales and Branch operations
- Supply Chain Management
- Purchasing and Procurement
- Warehousing and Materials Handling
- Inventory Management
- Production Planning
- Quality control
The course work is supported in our Distribution Simulation Laboratory which provides real world experience in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems with Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Warehouse Operations, Bar Coding, RFID, and SAP!
Our new addition of SAP software is also used to enhance the capabilities of our students giving them real-world experiences with a detailed software package.
Specialized Internships/Co-Op Experiences
Students are also required to complete an internship or co-op experience which enables them to work with companies to help solve distribution and logistics issues. This allows them to spend a semester working with management in solving real-world issues in a particular facility. Students present their findings to upper management and faculty at the end of the semester and create a portfolio to show their success.
Faculty like Family
The Distribution and Logistics faculty work hard to make sure its family of students has the education needed to become graduates capable of working effectively in today's exciting and competitive industry.
PAID: Professional Association of Industrial Distribution
This is a student organization at ECU that promotes student relations and involvement with Industrial organizations. PAID members are offered an outstanding education and a unique opportunity to succeed in the career fields of Distribution and Logistics.
Other organizations that Distribution and Logistics students are encouraged to join include:
Graduates from the program in Industrial Distribution and Logistics can be expected to obtain initial positions in one of the following areas:
- Branch operations
- Inside sales
- Outside sales
- Inventory management
- Management trainee
- Warehouse management
- Supply chain analyst
- Production and inventory planner
The experienced Graduate from the program can expect to advance in their career into one of the following:
- Regional sales manager
- Branch manager
- Supply chain manager
- Materials manager
- Purchasing or procurement professional