At Ryder’s transportation management center are, from left, Elizabeth Martin, Ron Hasty and Lee Ianiero, Ryder’s senior logistics manager. Ryder is one of the companies offering internships to logistics students.
FOX (99), LOGISTICS IS like putting together a world-shaped
Corning Cable Systems in Hickory, N.C., deals in products and services
for all types of communication networks. Fox is in charge of Cable
Assembly Solutions, the branch of Corning that puts together the
fiber optic cable, connecters and housing that enable phones and
computers to communicate over long distances.
of piecing together the labor, materials and means to produce the
cable is complicated. Every day Fox must coordinate workers, materials
and plants at locations in Europe, China and Brazil. Although Corning
is an American company, its manufacturing is done worldwide.
I do is establish the ability to manufacture our products in lower-cost
countries, Fox says. I help determine the most inexpensive,
most efficient way and the best location to get the job done.
As a logistician,
Fox is literally coordinating a global manufacturing plant
obtaining materials from one country and arranging for labor from
another, all in order to sell a product in yet another country.
He believes companies save money by shopping around the world for
resources they need.
decision I make counts, Fox says. I know I make a difference
for my company by cutting costs before the product is sold.
is one of the fastest-growing fields in 21st-century business. Ron
Hasty, director of the Texas Logistics Education Foundation Center
for Logistics Education and Research at UNT, says it is growing
so quickly because of the trend toward globalization in world markets.
such as the Internet and economies more dependent on each other
have literally given companies a world of possibilities in producing
and selling products of all sorts.
excellent example is a Metroplex company like Russell-Newman, which
makes terrycloth robes and womens lingerie, Hasty says.
A decade ago they had sewing plants all over North Texas,
but now they manufacture their products in countries like China,
Pakistan and Brazil.
can shop for the cheapest labor or the best parts in the world,
and their logisticians try to find the best and most cost-saving
the huge range of potential manufacturers comes a new, wide range
of customers. Today, companies like J.C. Penney are not just competing
with Wal-Mart, but with superstores around the world.
reality in a global economy is that jobs, manufacturing and intellectual
capital flow without restrictions, Hasty says. The growing
demand for our graduates reflects the demand for people who understand
strategy in global competition.
Worth area has become a major logistics center because it is a transportation
hub railroads, international highways, airports and distribution
centers all meet in the Metroplex. The advent of the North American
Free Trade Agreement has increased the flow of international traffic.
UNT logistics students have been recruited for jobs as far away
as Israel, Japan and Europe, but many stay in the Metroplex because
of the increasingly high demand for their expertise.
logistics program requires every student to work in an internship,
from which many obtain full-time positions. Some of the companies
offering internships to students in the program include Lockheed
Martin, Ryder, Nokia, Verizon, Office Depot and Lucent Technologies.
The demand for interns is far greater than the supply, Hasty says.
job is different. Some logisticians coordinate the elements of production,
from locating the right materials to finding the labor to put together
each product. Others create software to perform these tasks. And
some, like Elizabeth Martin (00), recruit fellow logisticians.
demand for people in logistics is high because its an increasingly
important part of every industry, from supermarkets to car companies
like General Motors.
needs someone to move their products, says Martin.
As a UNT
senior finishing her logistics internship, Martin had several job
offers before taking one at the Lucas Group in Dallas as a recruiter.
Two days after graduation she was working full time, luring senior
vice presidents of logistics to work for her clients and representing
other logisticians shopping around for high-paying positions.
she doesnt think anyone grows up saying, I want to be
she jumped from psychology to marketing, never landing on the right
major until she took a logistics class and knew it was what she
wanted to do.
a new field and there arent a lot of people who have the kind
of expertise it takes to do it I liked that a lot,