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Three Key Supply Chain Workforce Challenges on the Road to 2030

Looking to 2030, “the major disrupter in the supply chain workforce is the workforce itself,” says Steve Hopper, Founder and Principal at Inviscid Consulting and author of Roadmap 2.0’s workforce section.

“By that I mean historically workforce meant matching the right people to the right jobs. But today in supply chain, the workforce isn’t just made up of people—not with all the advances in robotics and automation. Non-human workers are rapidly taking over, especially when it comes to repetitive, menial jobs,” he explains.

Further, as discussed in the original Roadmap, there’s a skills shortage. “Because of what’s been going on in education—that is an emphasis on college-level academics rather than trade- and skills-based education—we have a lot of workers currently unable to find work because they’re not skilled for available jobs,” continues Hopper.

After considering input from Roadmap 2.0’s 200-plus roundtable contributors, and researching historic and current employment trends, Hopper sees three key challenges businesses must focus on over the next 10 to 15 years to ensure an adequate workforce. READ MORE…

Four Areas Technology Will Impact Within Supply Chains Between Now and 2030

Dr. Bill Ferrell, Fluor International Supply Chain Professor of Industrial Engineering and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University, anticipates that technology will impact supply chains in four key areas between now and 2030.

Ferrell, who authored Roadmap 2.0’s technology section, says “demand pull” will be a powerful force in implementation of technologies as supply chain segments require new capabilities to cope with constant change. These include: Distribution center (DC) design; Single-piece unit loads; Human/automation interaction; and Transportation and delivery. 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.

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