The supply chain workplace of today faces significant disruption and begs the question: What should businesses be doing to embrace these changes?
Five top tips to achieving supply chain career success
Dr. Zachary Williams
Determining the strategic role of supply chain internships and decisions around post-intern hiring.
Applying gig economy principles and predictive analytics capabilities can efficiently and effectively fill manufacturing workforce gaps.
Dr. Greg Barnett
Three steps manufacturing and logistics employers can take to attract the incoming millennial and Gen-Z workforce.
To address today’s logistics talent gap, we need to rethink how we rethink the pipeline for talent in our own companies.
Character is one of the central attributes of a great leader and one of the hardest leadership characteristics to develop.
Supply chain managers can maximize their value by upgrading their competencies and business acumen.
People transitioning out of the military possess many skills that directly apply to a career in logistics. Yet a post-military career in logistics remains a largely untapped opportunity. Here’s how to change that.
The supply chain is creating more jobs than it can fill. Here's why companies should use technology to change people's perceptions of the field.
Finding the right candidate for your business is a challenge that requires broad advertising, rigorous interviews, and ultimately some give and take. Here are five hacks for outstanding recruiting in supply chain management.
Millennials are expected to make up about 75 percent of the supply chain workforce by 2025. To appeal to this generation, companies should follow these five steps during the interview process.
The flexible supply chain of the future is full of opportunities and challenges. With the right team and talent on your side, you’ll be well positioned for success. Here’s how to get the right people.
Thomas W. Derry
Are you thinking about pursuing a certificate or certification in the supply management profession to enhance your knowledge and improve your career possibilities? Here’s a checklist to get you started.
Take your logistics and supply chain career to the next level by understanding how your skills can impact an organization, networking with other industry professionals, and continuing to develop critical skills.
Thomas W. Derry
As professionals who understand the entire process of manufacturing, shipping, and marketing products, and who recognize that suppliers can be closely aligned with the company’s goals and objectives, chief procurement officers help define a company’s competitive advantage.
Hiring challenges in the supply chain sector include attracting the best talent, developing leaders, and retaining high performers. To solve these issues, employers must step up and build training programs that instill passion, share purpose, provide clear leadership and promotion tracks, are authentic, and ultimately diminish turnover.
Feeling the supply chain talent crunch? Play a role in growing and developing supply chain programs from leading universities to attract your fair share of the talent.
The supply management sector is becoming increasingly more strategic, requiring its professionals to develop new competencies while they are in the midst of busy careers. Here's how e-learning helps supply chain professionals stay competitive.
A recent ranking highlights logistician careers as among the best – yet manufacturers still face a shortage of qualified workers as the demand for skilled logistics professionals grows.
When it comes to attracting millennial job candidates, the supply management sector has a decided advantage, but how can companies retain them? Here are three actions ISM’s ML Peck recommends.
STEM disciplines broaden the field of logistics and industry standards by involving process strategies, planning, implementation tactics, and optimization in supply and demand. This is a fact students are recognizing and capitalizing on.
Thomas W. Derry
Supply chain professionals face increasing complexity. In order to succeed, they must prepare for data security concerns, identify preferred team member attributes, and develop a strong collective financial acumen.
The burgeoning need for talent to operate today’s complex supply chains has begun to garner significant attention. Develop new ways to find, recruit, develop, and retain talent with these tips.
Establishing the groundwork and collaboration are vital to developing the solutions needed for the significant workforce challenges faced by the transportation industry. A key part of the mission is to attract women to the traditionally male-dominated transportation profession.
Today, millennial and Generation Y candidates who have a supply chain degree or education can immediately fill a gap that previously took a senior person. But that's only part of the solution.
Thomas W. Derry
In the past 20 years, companies have experienced a profound shift, and have dramatically increased their spending on external suppliers. This places the supply management function in the spotlight as a key driver of profitability. The better supply management teams are at selecting, overseeing, and collaborating with these partners, the stronger their organizations will be.
Dr. Mario Vaccari
Minimizing employee downtime with ergonomic initiatives and equipment can have a big impact on the bottom line.
All the technology in the world won’t help an organization improve if they don’t have what it takes in the leadership department.
Dr. Ernest L. Hughes
Supply chain innovation requires motivation, shared leadership, and change management.
A Transportation Club of Atlanta internship program connects Georgia’s supply chain students with leading businesses.
Effective employee training programs benefit workers and align with corporate business objectives to drive results.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Dr. John Fowler
Specialized supply chain management degrees allow experienced professionals to integrate SCM with related disciplines.
Investing in online training allows organizations to operate more efficiently and develop workers’ skills.
If you can’t find the logistics professional you want, train new hires or current employees in the skills you need.
Internships in supply chain and logistics organizations help students to evaluate the company’s nature, culture, work environment and career advancement opportunities, writes University of San Diego MBA candidate Sweta Ashwarya.
Supply chain jobs require that professionals master five core competencies, including global business leadership and integrated value chain design, writes Paul Dittman of University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
Juan D. Morales
Education providers are introducing supply chain education programs to prepare students to be the logistics and transportation executives of the future, writes Juan D. Morales of Stanton Chase International.
Dr. Jennifer S. Batchelor
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increases in both employment growth and replacement needs within transportation and logistics occupations. Educational programs assist in filling these job openings with a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, writes Dr. Jennifer S. Batchelor, Program Director, Transportation and Logistics Management, American Public University System.
The right mix of skills, industry knowledge, and certifications can help launch a promising career in supply chain management, writes Dean Vella, University of San Francisco and Bisk Education.
Universities offering logistics education must understand industry’s evolving supply chain management needs, and develop a curriculum that produces supply chain talent that supports those needs.
Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth
Online education allows logistics professionals flexible access to broadening their knowledge of supply chain topics, writes Dr. Oliver Hedgepath, American Public University.
Companies responsible for shipping or carrying dangerous goods need qualified hazardous materials professionals, writes Anne Barry, Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles. The Blueprint for Success initiative strives to elevate recognition of the critical function performed by these experts.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Dr. Carol Nappholz
Blended continuing education programs combine online and classroom instruction to give students the best of both worlds, writes Dr. Carol Nappholz of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
Jeffrey R. Brashares
Holding a local job fair is an innovative approach to helping displaced logistics professionals find new jobs.
Dr. Michael Reilly
The first step in making yourself a more valuable employee is boosting your supply chain management know-how. Continuing education programs can help, writes Dr. Michael Reilly of Ashford University.
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