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Teaching the Workforce of the Future About Cool Supply Chain Opportunities

Teaching the Workforce of the Future About Cool Supply Chain Opportunities

Eleven educators provide insight into communicating the virtually limitless possibilities the supply chain field offers to students at all levels by answering the questions of “why” and “how.”
* By Doug Reed *

Educators interface with the workforce of the future regularly—recruiting young people to their classrooms and curriculum, building lesson plans, explaining how theory translates into practicality, advising and networking with industry to help their students land internships and jobs. They’re acutely tuned in to students’ (and their students’ parents’) perceptions of supply chain and the careers it offers. And even though they can easily explain why supply chain is “cool,” these instructors also recognize the need to both raise awareness of the field and reshape the industry’s image. As do the researchers who study this field.

MHI Solutions asked nearly a dozen industry thought leaders from the research and education fields (high schools, two-year trade and community college programs and four-year universities with undergraduate and graduate programs) two questions:

  1. WHY is working the supply chain cool?
  2. HOW can the industry better communicate how cool it is?

Here, we share their thoughts about how they and the industry can more widely deliver its message to attract students and others to our field.

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This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on sustainability and its progression in the supply chain. Consumers are becoming more interested in making environmentally friendly decisions when it comes to their buying habits and the brands to which they are loyal. Studies have found anywhere from 80-85% of consumers are more likely to buy from a company with a reputation for sustainability than from a neutral company, if their prices are equal.

Leading firms are tapping into this mindset by building more sustainability, and transparency, into their supply chains. They know that more sustainable operations will drive long-term brand loyalty and competitive advantage while having bottom line impacts on efficiency and profitability.

This issue of MHI Solutions will help provide you with the information and resources you need to address sustainability across your supply chain to improve your overall business performance.

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