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Advice on building Logistics technical skills?


John Martinez San Antonio, TX

I am looking for advice on preferred skill sets to build on to reach my career goals of Logistics Planning Manager. I would appreciate speaking to a mentor that can guide me through some experiences and skills I should build on.

15 May 2021 6 replies Education & Training



Andrew Danwin Killeen, TX

There several certifications you can get at the local community college. And of course on through the Army or on LinkedIn. I am assuming you did not have a logistics job in the military.

1 June 2021 Helpful answer


David Eastman Gresham, OR

Hello, John

Thank you for your service. Rather than give you advice about going back to school and getting a degree in Material Handling and Logistics, I am going to send you a link to my son who is in the logistics group at Amazon Corporate in Seattle. You can ask him for some advice and guidance and he will give it to you, possibly even a hook up with Amazon in Texas.

You can contact him at:

Good luck and much success in your new career.


David Eastman, CEO Retired, US Navy Avionics Veteran



My two cents; Get a job, even an entry level job, in Purchasing. Learn the craft. Spend two or three years there and if there are no promotional opportunities, look at another company with your new proven procurement/sourcing skills. I have seen too many folks wading into Logistics who have not the faintest idea about the necessary sourcing/procurement/vendor


Jason Aepli Springfield, VA

I great way build logistics knowledge and skills is to work at a company warehouse or distribution center. For example, earlier in my career I worked for Walmart Logistics and we had Area Managers and Ops Managers working in our facilities that would be a great launch point for a logistics career. After a few years there I could see you working in more of a logistics planning role.


Keith Van Sickle Menlo Park, CA

Hi John,

You might want to check out the Association of Supply Chain Managers ( They have certificate courses in a variety of areas, some of which might be helpful to you. They also have meetings that can be a great way to network and find opportunities in your area.

Best of luck,


ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi John,

Thank you so much for your question! I noticed you have applied to our formal mentoring program. One of our Operations Associates here at ACP will be reaching out to you today with next steps for getting started. Additionally, please feel free to check out our "Community" tab, where you can reach out to Advisors in the any field to answer your industry-specific questions and build your network within the Logistics field.



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