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Distribution Sector : Wide Range of Opportunities

The sector is today witnessing a metamorphosis following the emergence of a strong middle class and

T he distribution sector is one of the areas that is fast developing today in Cameroon. With the rise in the middle class and the presence of multinationals and nationals in the distribution chain. This phenomenon has led to the emergence of new professions that will in the nearest future be highly solicited. Logistics manager, supply chain managers, Supermarket shelve manager, marketing managers amongst others are those fields that were hitherto not common.  Supply chain management (SCM) entails the management of the flow of goods and services, involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.   Logistics manager on its part, is concerned with the governance of supply chain functions. Logistics management activities typically include inbound and outbound transportation management, warehousing, materials handling, order fulfilment, logistics network design, inventory management, supply/demand planning, and management of third party logistics services providers. To varying degrees, the logistics function also includes customer service, sourcing and procurement, production planning and scheduling, packaging and assembly. Logistics management is part of all levels of planning and execution -- strategic, operational and tactical. It is an integrating function, which coordinates all logistics activities, as well as integrates logistics activities with other functions including marketing, sales manufacturing, finance, and information technology. According to Ivo Muabe in charge of HND Programmes in the University Institute of the Coast, the distribution sector is full of opportunities, thus a growing need especially with the construction of Kribi Deep Seaport as well as the opening of hypermarkets. Training is available in State institutions like the School of Management and Logistics in the University of Bamenda as well as a wide range of private institutions in the country.

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