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Eleven Ways to Diversify the Supply Chain: Insights from the Field

Although more than 11 million people work in the supply chain—representing 8.6 percent of the nation’s workforce— a shortage of skilled workers persists. An estimated 600,000 manufacturing positions in the United States are unfilled for a lack of qualified workers. Further, the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics predicts that by 2018 there will be 1.4 million new jobs ...

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How Do You Build A Successful Career in Supply Chain?

Have you ever asked yourself how you started your supply chain career? You may be surprised by the answer. In my particular case, I was asked to “run the warehouse,” mainly because no one else would do it. Imagine that— one of the key links in any supply chain and no one wanted to manage the warehouse. That was a ...

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The Jobs, Wages, Output and Taxes of the Supply Chain

So, exactly how much economic impact does the supply chain have in the United States? Well, the answer is—we don’t really know all that precisely. Every year, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) publishes its Annual State of Logistics Report. And the most recent edition says the cost of U.S. business logistics is 8.3 percent of U.S. GDP, ...

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The Changing Face of the Supply Chain: Under 35 and on the Rise

Six months ago, the U.S. Census Bureau noted that a quarter of our nation’s population is now made up of 83.1 million millennials (born between 1982 and 2000). So, it should be a snap to fill those 1.4 million new supply chain jobs the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics predicts our industry will create by 2018—right? Well, maybe. ...

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Building a Sustainable Supply Chain Workforce

Supply chain is the ‘it’ degree of the moment.” That’s according to Dana Stiffler, Gartner’s vice president of supply chain research. She spends her time looking at how supply professionals are being developed and, just as importantly, how the field is evolving even as you read this. And while supply chains have been in place just short of forever, the ...

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Not ‘One of the Guys’: The changing face of supply chain leadership

“How do you know you’re at a supply chain event? Because the women are walking straight into the restroom, but there’s a line for the men’s room.” – 25-plus year supply chain veteran Michelle Livingstone of Home Depot Admit it. You laughed because, well, it’s true. But the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry takes that observation very seriously. ...

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Innovative Strategies Needed To Attract, Train And Retain Workforce to Support Supply Chain Innovations

In addition to examining the eight innovative technologies anticipated to help meet companies’ struggles to meet customer demands for faster, better service at lower costs, the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report: Supply chain innovation – Making the impossible possible acknowledges that the skill sets of the workers supporting them must be equally as sophisticated as the technologies themselves. Simply finding ...

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The Demand for Supply Chain Talent is Growing, and the Supply is Shrinking

What’s keeping you up at night?” It’s the question we’ve all been trained to ask when we want to understand the big challenges that our colleagues are facing. And for supply chain executives these days, the answers almost always involve people. How do we find, train and retain the talent that we need to sustain and grow our companies? The ...

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Recruiting Talent

A significant shortage of skilled supply chain professionals is prompting industry to focus on effective and inventive ways to recruit and retain talent. A growing interest in sophisticated, agile supply chains has combined with an improving economy and the graying of skilled executive ranks, among other factors, to create what one expert calls a “perfect storm” of need for supply ...

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Certification Enhances Knowledge

The value of certifications is debated in almost all industries as organizations try to quantify the benefits of certification versus college education, sometimes basing the answers on entry level versus management positions. Certifications seem to be growing in importance as the need for ongoing education that reflect changes in a global, technology-based business environment grows and as new positions are ...

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