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The impact of digitalization and status of the supply chain profession are driving a global talent shortage crisis

  • A survey conducted by DHL found that the supply chain talent pool is not keeping up with the changing requirements as technology reshapes the industry.
  • More than a third of companies have failed to take steps to create their future talent pipeline or develop their workforce.
  • The common impression of supply chain careers as lacking in excitement continues to have a significant impact in finding, attracting and retaining talent

DHL called upon industry leaders to recognize the growing talent gap crisis in the supply chain sector. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in logistics are estimated to grow by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020. Furthermore, one global study estimated that demand for supply chain professionals exceeds supply by a ratio of 6:1, with some predicting that ratio could be as drastic as 9:1.

DHL surveyed more than 350 supply chain and operations professionals in five global regions. The findings revealed that there are a number of reasons contributing to the talent shortage crisis in a rapidly evolving field. The report 'The Supply Chain Talent Shortage: From Gap to Crisis' was commissioned by DHL and authored by Lisa Harrington, president of the lharrington group LLC. The report highlights the key supply chain talent challenges experienced today, and identifies opportunities for businesses to compete on a global stage.

Harrington said, "Leading companies understand that their supply chains - and the people who run them - are essenti

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09 Nov 2017
In-Store Fulfillment Services Will Have Its Biggest Holiday Season Yet

JDA surveys reveal fulfillment, store, labor and technology trends retailers must embrace for a successful holiday shopping season Even with the rise of e-commerce, most consumers prefer to shop in-store over any other methods (online, mobile, or social media), as evidenced by the stated preferen


09 Nov 2017
The sales and operations planning journey: Starting off on the right foot

Last week I attended the IBF Business Planning, Forecasting & S&OP: Best Practices Conference in Orlando, Florida. If you’re involved in your company’s sales & operations planning processes and you haven’t heard of the IBF, stop reading now and go check them out here! T

Andrew Dunbar

08 Nov 2017
Deloitte Study: Shoppers Expect Retailers will be Dashing Through the Snow to Deliver Holiday Packages

Consumers are putting the squeeze on retailers when it comes to delivery costs and speed, according to Deloitte’s 32nd Annual Holiday Survey of consumer spending intentions and trends. Free shipping is a favorite; Shoppers say bah-humbug to paying extra for faster delivery Free or fas


07 Nov 2017
Re-writing priorities to incorporate modern supply chain evolution

  When analyst reports and trade articles encourage you to begin the digital transformation of your supply chain, do you shove the ideas away in your mental “Maybe next year…” file of low priority tactics? “We have plenty of time. It won’t hurt to wait a year,&


07 Nov 2017
Collaboration in supply chain management is key

When scrolling through my news feed Friday, I found this article from SCN: “Collaboration Key in Creating Competitive Advantages Through Supply Chains“. The article describes research recently published by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute.&n

John Westerveld

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