Back to BlogBe On The Front Line Of Supply Chain InnovationBlog Share Share on FacebookFollow us on LinkedInShare on PinterestShare via Email Do you ever wonder how a product ends up on the retail shelf or your doorstep? There’s a lot of behind-the-scene steps that happen before you even see the finished product. And supply chains make it all happen.Supply chains explainedIn short, supply chains are a group of companies that source, ideate, design, manufacture, fulfill and ship a particular product. There can be just a few companies in a supply chain, or many. Here’s a glimpse into how a supply chain could work:Efficiency firstIn a world where 2-day or expedited shipping is the expectation, supply chains are constantly looking for ways to innovate and speed up the process without sacrificing quality. Why? Because a tight and efficient supply chain equates to happy customers, and therefore, a successful business.Even in times of uncertainty, it’s important to flex and create new best practices to handle supply chain disruption.Picture yourself… with a career in supply chainWhy supply chain management? Every organization has a supply chain, even the small mom-and-pop shops. That’s why supply chain management is considered to be one of the most solid career paths out there.The Associate of Applied Business in Supply Chain Management program from the University of Cincinnati is a fully online, two-year associate degree program. You will receive a fundamental introduction to the field of Supply Chain Management along with basic business management technology success skills. Not to mention a well-rounded college education.Sky’s the limitAn Associate degree in Supply Chain Management prepares you to manage and coordinate all logistical functions in an enterprise, ranging from acquisitions to receiving and handling through the internal allocation of resources to operations units, to the handling and delivery of output.Our program will help you learn to work in a number of supply chain career paths, such as manufacturing, data analysis, procurement, transportation, customer service and more. Here’s a sample of supply chain job titles and descriptions.Supply Chain Coordinator – manages the order flow of shipments and uses inventory management systems to oversee documentation of imported and exported goods. Logistics Analyst – identifies areas for optimization and improvement and manage all supply chain processes Purchasing Agent – researches and purchases products, and negotiates price pointsOf course, there are many other jobs with varying levels of responsibilities. What’s more, you can work in almost any industry – healthcare, e-commerce, manufacturing – just to name a few.Why study online?In one word: flexibility! The University of Cincinnati Online’s programs provide you with the flexibility to balance work and family obligations while completing your degree, and also offer a self-paced learning schedule where you can access the materials when it’s convenient for you.Get started on a new career today! You can learn more details about the program, or even submit an application. We’re excited to be on this new career journey with you.