My name is Richard Waller, and I am one of the Class of 2018 GMTs! I’ve had the experience of working in logistics for the last two months, and it has been one of the highlights of my program thus far. I graduated from Queen’s University in May where I studied Commerce, focusing on marketing & sales. Coming in to the GMT program, I did not necessarily know which function that I wanted to work in long-term. That was one of the big reasons why I chose the GMT Program: it allowed me to keep my options open while I figure out my interests and strengths.
Working in Supply in Edmonton, and more specifically working in logistics, really opened my eyes to a whole other area of the business that I had not really considered. Entering the program, I would have had a difficult time even defining what logistics does. Now I understand that logistics is the process through which we transport products from our breweries to our customers in the most efficient way possible.
Working in logistics requires understanding all components of the business. The logistics function must work with our breweries to produce the right beer, while understanding customer demand by working with the sales team. This department is not only responsible for the transportation of our beer, but also managing inventory and using their warehouse space as efficiently as possible.
In my time in logistics, I have had the opportunity to work on safety projects, learn from our operators, drive along with truck drivers, and communicate with senior leaders to see how decisions get made. After seeing logistics from top to bottom, I am definitely interested in working in this function long-term!