What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter into the logistics and/or rail industry? What advice should they ignore? (Anthony Menzies)

Anthony Menzies

Build your knowledge of the overall supply chain, including procurement, manufacturing, warehousing, and different modes of transportation. The rail industry is only one small segment of our customer's supply chain, and it is important to understand the competing modes of transportation to ensure rail is competitive against trucking, barge, vessel, etc. I also think it is beneficial to learn how materials are handled, whether it is loading or unloading a railcar or designing a facility to become rail-served.

In addition to building your supply chain knowledge, I cannot stress enough the importance of building data analysis skills. Logistics is all about saving money to move product from point A to point B, and it is also about ensuring reliability to the customer. Having the skills to analyze TMS data and find cost-saving or lead-time improvement opportunities and present it to decision-makers is critical.