What does a logistics clerk do?

Logistics clerks play a fundamental role in the incoming and outgoing of stock and related items from within a business. Logistics clerks receive shipments delivered to a warehouse, checking the accuracy of the paperwork for the order, monitoring stock levels and ensuring the dispatch of stock is performed accurately. Daily duties may include: taking stock inventory, receiving shipments, signing for deliveries, filling out packing slips, documenting tracking numbers and monitoring shipments through online resources. 

Tasks:

  • Fill in packing slip
  • Cross reference order and delivery information
  • Receive shipments
  • Examine invoices, ensuring order details are correct
  • Log tracking numbers

What skills do I need to be a logistics clerk?

The duties performed by a logistics clerk are vital to the ongoing success of any business. Logistics clerks must have a keen attention to detail, and find it within their nature to double- or even triple-check their work for error. Ensuring the accuracy of paperwork at all stages of order fulfilment is of vital importance, confirming address details, order numbers and costing before despatching goods. Logistics clerk must also be able to work in warehouse conditions, which can sometimes be challenging or uncomfortable depending on weather situations. 

Skills/attributes
  • Attention to detail
  • Accurate
  • Good physical health
  • Happy to work in warehouse conditions
  • Ability to work long hours

Specialisations

As a logistics clerk there are a number of different companies and industries you can work in, meaning your daily interaction with people and the types of goods you work with can vary. There are many types of specialisations and similar career paths available in the logistics and freighting industry depending on your interests.

Storeperson

A storeperson primarily works inside a warehouse. They are in charge of everything that is incoming and outgoing within a factory. Whether receiving goods or shipping them out to specific addresses, a storeperson ensure the efficient running of all inventory and freight related processes within a warehouse.

Inventory and Supply Officer

Inventory and supply officers are responsible for the purchasing of stock and for the despatching of stock. Inventory officers ensure that the correct amount of stock is ordered to allow for customer orders to be filled without exceeding the storage space available or causing undue delay. Supply officers ensure that goods are despatched correctly.

Truck Offsider

Truck offsiders are responsible for assisting truck drivers with the unloading of goods, helping them get to their destination safely. Truck offsiders provide a valuable service to both truck drivers and the recipients of goods. Truck offsiders will assist truck drivers with heavy loads whilst, ensuring the safety of the items being shipped.

Study pathways for logistics clerks

There are a number of different pathways that will see you reaching your career goals in no time. Pick the study option that works best for your interests and forecasted career path.

Getting Started

Choose a course that will help you take the first step in your logistics career

Skill Building

Work towards your ideal logistics career path with tailored study options

Professional Development

Learn industry relevant skills that you can use in your professional life

Industry Recognition

Employers will require differing levels of qualifications and experience depending on your chosen industry

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your logistics career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.

Job Prospects and Salaries

There is very strong growth in employment opportunities in logistics forecasted over the next five years.