Introduction Logistics hiring has never been simple and easy. 2024 will present many of the usual hurdles to finding enough people to work in this nuanced field. However, a supply chain world under constant stress will also continue to add layers of complexity to the talent landscape. Finding the best person for the job won’t be easy but can help to secure your competitive edge while allowing your company to build capacity. We’re going to help you understand what you need to prioritize as you explore logistics hiring and people development decisions in 2024. The intersection of supply chain [...]
Introduction The year in supply chain has been full of change and disruption. Some of the predicted supply chain trends in 2023 came to fruition and some didn’t. We know that no one has a crystal ball and that prognosticators often fail. We’re going to look at some things that panned out and others that didn’t and what that might mean for 2024. Make no mistake about it: we live in disrupted times. Change management is becoming more of a must have skill set in supply chain, rather than a luxury. Companies and individuals have tried to avoid this [...]
Introduction Hybrid work schedules were once reserved for rare instances of satellite offices or other special circumstances. The Pandemic has disrupted the norms more than initially thought and made these working arrangements more prevalent across industries, including supply chain. Compensation packages in supply chain and other industries reflect these changes and employers are wise to accommodate new demands while candidates should be aware of limitations involved in certain working environments. Employers have been saying that remote working will die for quite some time. But, that doesn't seem to be the case. Prevalence of Hybrid Work Schedules According to a [...]
Introduction Supply Chain transformations fail because of poor planning. That's the most succinct and oversimplified way to put it. Historically in large and small companies, change and transformation were viewed as a periodic event. In many cases, businesses did not place a special focus or dedicate resources to manage the change as a structured event. Instead, they would muscle in and reactively deal with the impacts, issues, and challenges. In a few companies, an effort was made to intentionally deal with the change, invest in resources and skill sets to do it well. For those companies, the chance of [...]
Introduction The "non-recession recession" has some companies hedging their bets on hiring. They want to control costs as demand slows but don’t want to overcorrect in a market that is still very tight for most roles. While growth continues and remains a strong desire for many of these organizations, companies are cautious on talent expansion, especially in highly specialized fields like supply chain. We have seen various tactics used by large and small employers in 2023 as they trim their sails and attempt to maintain momentum. One of the ways in which employers are hedging their bets is to [...]
Hiring trends in 2023 include employers that don't over-hire in response to rosy economic outlooks and employees who are pro active about their own gap analysis and growth. These tactics can reduce the need and impact for widespread layoffs that damage culture and engagement.
Return to work has to be done in a way that curates an onsite culture which benefits the team while also being conscious of cost, productivity, and the emerging trends in a Pandemic impacted workforce.
By Chris Gaffney and Karen Bird Find the Right Co-Sourcing Partner Building capability in your supply chain used to be a bright-line distinction: Either you did it yourself or you hired someone else to handle it entirely. In-sourcing versus outsourcing, all or nothing, whether you were looking at planning, execution, or even the physical work of supply chain operations. Today's complex and ever-shifting environment, though, requires a more nuanced and flexible approach that can deliver both agility and deep expertise at different levels, depending on the situation: Co-Sourcing. Co-sourcing is an intentional blending of sorts: It's the shared delivery [...]