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Logistics Specialist

Company Name: Kroger Logistics
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Support both outbound route planning and inbound freight management for the Kroger Transportation Center (KTC).  Manage costs and revenue for managed freight and route all distribution center and manufacturing store orders to ensure on-time delivery of product. Communicate with various business partners and provide staff support and technical assistance to the KTC and affiliated divisions. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Procure freight, identify transportation requirements, handle freight bid negotiations and make carrier selection
  • Establish routing guides for all new inbound business to ensure lowest cost and greatest revenue while maintaining excellent service
  • Review costs and profitability on Kroger managed lanes regularly
  • Audit freight payment process for accuracy and timeliness through current freight payment systems
  • Maintain the Transportation Management Systems (TMS)
  • Prepare reports and explain financial performance related to managed freight
  • Promote movement of inbound freight on the company’s available fleet resources
  • Coach and mentor KTC staff in performance of duties; provide transportation supervisor with feedback
  • Tender freight orders to preferred company carriers
  • Monitor inbound TMS to ensure carrier acceptance and rating of shipments
  • Plan all outbound store delivery orders while meeting precise delivery times (PDTs), maximizing trailer cube and minimizing miles driven while also reducing empty miles
  • Plan, schedule, and route vendor pickups as direct store delivery backhaul returns
  • Maintain accurate route plan data from daily routing sessions and report results
  • Review transportation metrics to suggest and implement steps to achieve improvements
  • Perform “what if” routing analysis and continually strive to find efficient ways to route and reduce transportation costs
  • Maintain ability to work various shifts, including weekends, nights and holidays
  • Must be able to perform the essential function of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education: 

  • College degree or 1+ years of related experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Good organizational and time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Highly analytical with ability to understand/resolve complex operational issues involving numerous, ever-changing variables and constraints
  • Ability to identify new methods/processes, determine impact and develop implementation plan
  • Ability to identify/communicate system issues quickly and effectively

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • Proficient in TMS, specific to JDA fleet management, One Network and i-Trade, procurement applications and Kroger web applications
  • Team oriented leadership experience
  • Experience in warehouse shipping/receiving, supply chain, general freight hauling, direct store delivery and backhauling transportation operations


Education Level: Bachelor's Desired
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
 Regions: South


Jobs at Kroger: At Kroger, we hire people who have a passion for helping others and who want to build a relationship with our Customers. No matter what stage of your career, you can build your future at Kroger. We look for people who want more, aspire to be more and work hard to achieve their goals. Our focus on keeping the Customer first is what makes us successful. As the largest traditional grocery chain in the U.S. and one of the world's largest retailers, we employee more nearly half a million Associates across 35 states. We offer many opportunities not only in our stores, but in Manufacturing, Logistics, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and many other fields.


Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  TN || Nashville || 2620 Elm Hill Pike || 37214 || Kroger Logistics || None || Logistics/Supply Chain || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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