Where Will Future Supply Chain Management Come From?

On the one side demand from employers for creativity from new staff members - on the other side no ear from employers for new ideas.
Is the above the reason why new young talent in the Supply Chain and Manufacturing is hard to come by?

Well trained staff are essential for a functioning supply chain
Well trained staff are essential for a functioning supply chain

Young blood needed to further innovate the air cargo Supply Chain
It’s not just the cargo supply chain which is apparently lacking good young talent to ensure future streaming for customers.
This according to various research teams, applies to the manufacturing industry as a whole.

A report in ‘Gartners Top 25 Supply Chains’ recently pointed out that companies often use their high reputation to hire qualified or even over qualified young staff members and then place them in low skilled positions.
This, is in the long run counter-productive as it is said that many of those talented people have to endure a lengthy hiring process whereby they are given the impression that they are needed to stimulate businesses and enhance future supply chains.
Often, they face disappointment by landing up in much lower positions and the final result is often that they leave the manufacturing or transport sectors altogether.

High grade education does not necessarily mean good positions
Today’s younger generation come out of school or university with different ideals and motivation than those of a generation or two before them.
These are highly educated and motivated young people who want to be fully engaged from day one and be entwined in the relevant corporate visions in order to prove themselves as productive members.

There have been many so called ‘white papers’ published on the future development and handling of the various supply chains.
Among them, just as one example, the air cargo supply chain which has come more to the forefront during the past couple of years due to the tremendous increase in pharmaceutical and health care goods.
Shippers are continuously complaining that both the air and ocean supply chain management leaves much to be desired and that there is no noticeable move to correct this.
Well trained staff are essential and if the upcoming generation cannot or is not inducted properly, then not much will change.

Training and awareness are essential
Latest studies show that there is a danger that young talent shortage will become acute in the next few years as disenchanted candidates move over to other fields.
The air cargo industry has made some small steps forward by introducing workshops to attract and motivate young people.
These have been mainly run by SASI and IATA in cooperation with either various airports or handling entities.
However, it’s just the tip of the iceberg and maybe it would be good to see a real concerted effort by the industry as a whole in this direction.

John Mc Donagh

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