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Studying Supply Chain and Logistics

When you think of McDonald’s, you might of their pizzas. But a lot goes into serving you that burger (or McFlurry!). The company needs to source the ingredients, send them to restaurants on time and as per their requirement. When you think of the number of outlets they have and the sheer number of items on their menu, this ends up being a mind–bogglingly complex operation.

But this is essentially what Logistics and Supply Chain Management is all about—sourcing raw materials (or ingredients), sending them to factories (or kitchens) for processing and delivering the finished goods to shops, distributors or customers, while working to budget, time and resource constraints.

Some of the most popular universities and colleges in Canada offering programmes in supply chain and logistics include:

  • Cape Breton University
  • Cegep de la Gaspesie et des lies
  • Lasalle College

Salary and Career Prospects

Supply and logistics professionals are hired by logistics and postal services companies, online retail companies, retail and hospitality companies, factories and warehouses.

Some of the roles graduates take up are Supply Chain Coordinator, Supply Management Analyst, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Associate and Procurement Manager.

Salaries vary depending on qualifications, location and experience. As a guide, supply chain and logistics professionals earn around $76,000 a year (41 lakhs INR).

Why study in Canada?

Canada has established itself as one of the most popular study destinations for international students. Canadian universities and colleges are largely public funded and are among the best in the world. Ten of its universities are among top 250 in the world, according to QS World Rankings 2019.

Canada is among the world’s most developed and industrialised countries. It has spawned conglomerates like Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Blackberry and Bombardier. In addition to these, several tech, banking and financial services giants like Microsoft, HSBC, Facebook and Boeing operate out of here. Toronto and Vancouver are the largest cities and have a thriving start-up scene.

The country is a popular tourist destination, with millions of tourists drawn to its vibrant cities, ski resorts, national parks, museums, entertainment venues and outdoor sports provisions. Canada is a safe, multicultural and welcoming country.

The official languages are English and French, although English is the most widely spoken language. French is mainly spoken in the province of Quebec.

International graduates are able to apply for a post-study work permit lasting for up to 3 years.

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