ASCM, Prologis Team for
Warehousing Certificate Program
October 12, 2021
Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) has launched a new
warehousing certificate program developed in partnership with Prologis
to prepare workers to fulfill the record number of warehousing jobs
available now and in the future. The Supply Chain Warehousing
Certificate program provides individuals with an extensive overview of
warehousing, distribution, inventory management, product storage,
packaging and shipment, sustainability and more.
The number of workers in the U.S. warehousing and storage subsector has
reached record highs, with more than 1.4 million workers supporting the
industry currently, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Furthermore, the transportation, warehousing and related fields — which
were the second-highest jobs growth sector in the United States during
the month of August — are projected to have 600,000 new openings by
"The use of e-commerce skyrocketed at the beginning of the pandemic when
we went on lockdown and then kept rising even when in-person shopping
was possible," said ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. "In
addition, the industry has had to shift from just-in-time to
just-in-case resulting in more warehouses than ever before. The skills
covered in this program are essential for supply chain professionals in
the warehouse and out."
"The ongoing labor shortage is creating havoc with the supply chain and
in communities across the nation. This program provides jobseekers a
solid foundation to begin their logistics career and gives them a
competitive advantage in the job market," said Steven Hussain, vice
president of workforce programs and community relations, Prologis. "This
is a real-world curriculum designed with input from industry leaders.
The program will help logistics companies find the talent they need to
continue to grow and meet the evolving demands of the modern economy."
The ASCM Supply Chain Warehousing Certificate program is beneficial for
entry- and mid-level warehousing workers but also suitable for
professionals already working in sourcing, purchasing, supplier
relationship management or contract management as well as individuals
looking to get into the supply chain field. There are no prerequisites
for the program.
Individuals who complete the 20-hour online self-paced course and
pass the comprehensive 60-question final exam will receive a printable
certificate along with a digital badge issued by ASCM that can be
displayed on their social media profiles. Earning this certificate shows
employers that this individual has the knowledge and capability to:
part in the loading and shipping processes and work with common shipping
Schedule shipments and
use various methods to track the shipments.
Follow an effective order
fulfillment cycle and work to improve order accuracy and efficiency.
Use inventory management
systems in warehouses and distribution centers to accurately report the
quantity and value of the materials received, stored and shipped to
Categorize inventory and
manage the costs associated with holding inventory.
Manage customer returns.
sustainable work practices on the job.
Implement a structured
problem-solving process to deal with problems in warehouses or
Make appropriate decisions about the use of different types of
transportation carriers, understanding their characteristics and the
advantages and disadvantages of each.
performance metrics to measure the success of a facility in the
warehousing and distribution industry.
This is ASCM's first
certificate program developed in a public/private partnership with
subject matter experts.