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Millennials And Supply Chain: An Ideal Workforce Match

Millennials have been in the news a lot lately. They’ve also taken over as the dominant generation in terms of their numbers in the workforce (as of 2015), and their numbers in the U.S. population at large (as of 2016). For an industry like supply chain, which has seen steady growth in jobs at all levels, that makes focusing on Millennials a key target for amped up efforts in attraction to, and retention in, its workforce. And not just based on the math. As it turns out, there’s an ideal match between the unique generational characteristics of Millennials and the types of challenges and rewards offered by supply chain careers.

Millennials have been described as technology-savvy, collaborative, open to new experiences, creative problem solvers, desirous of prompt feedback in real-time, and motivated to make a positive impact on the world at large. For an industry that has made its way to the C-suite and is considered by most companies to be a strategic asset, having a workforce capable of addressing ongoing challenges with technology-driven solutions—emphasizing agility, flexibility, speed, accuracy and sustainability—is an ideal match.

That’s why the Workforce section of Roadmap 2.0 offers a section on recruiting Millennials (and others) to supply chain careers (page 48), and on developing them into the leaders of the future (sidebar, page 45). READ MORE…

Smart Cities: At The Intersection Of Urbanization And Logistics Infrastructure

Globally, urban living is hot. According to the United Nations, 54% of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, with another 75 million moving into those same municipalities annually. Meanwhile, in the U.S., 65% of our population lives in cities of 50,000 or more people. Couple those statistics with the significant—and ongoing—growth in e-commerce shopping, and it quickly becomes apparent that more trucks will be making more deliveries to more urban addresses. Congestion, already an issue in population-dense areas, is only going to get worse between now and 2030. For all those reasons, there’s been an increasing emphasis on developing the Smart City of the future, today.

What is a Smart City? MHI’s 2017 Annual Industry Report’s definition is, “an urban area that uses information to design policies and procedures that benefit its citizens.” It further describes Smart City Logistics as “the idea that logistics providers can leverage many innovations and technologies…to find solutions to this issue that work for government, businesses, consumers and the environment.” READ MORE…

MHI Releases Video About Roadmap 2.0

A new video on the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 has been released by MHI on their video channel, MHI View.

Highlighting today’s lightning fast pace of business, built upon unprecedented interconnectedness and the exponential rate of change for technology, the video showcases the latest technology, consumer, workforce and logistics infrastructure trends impacting material handling and logistics between now and 2030.


Join the Roadmap on LinkedIn: Industry members are encouraged to join the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics Group on LinkedIn and to follow @MHLRoadmap on Twitter.