The supply chain offers significant employment opportunities for people of all backgrounds yet recruitment seems to fall short as the need grows. A 3PL with a consistent understanding of company vision can provide the talent and capabilities needed to keep supply chains moving and growing through innovation and precision.
Where the Supply Chain Falls Short
As areas such as e-commerce continue to grow and needs across the supply chain keep booming, recruiting and retaining personnel can be a challenge. Positions such as truck drivers, hourly warehouse operators, and diesel mechanics are all seeing shortages but taking creative recruiting strategies such as incentives and optimizing the resources of a 3PL can keep positions filled.
The truck driver shortage is estimated at 50,000 drivers in 2016 with the age distribution of the 850,000 current drivers on the road getting significantly worse in the next five to ten years1. Utilizing unique recruiting strategies and incentives can increase driver hiring, while standing out as a caring employer can increase driver retention. Retailers can keep shelves stocked and find relief by implementing a dedicated fleet, assuring drivers are managed by an experienced 3PL. Also, a supply chain provider with end-to-end solutions can utilize intermodal and global logistics capabilities to keep product moving.
The supply chain industry also sees gaps in filling diesel mechanic positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the trucking industry will need to recruit 67,000 new technicians by 2022 just to meet demand and replace retirees. This number does not include the more than 75,000 new diesel engine specialists BLS anticipates will also be needed six years from now2. Partnering with a supply chain provider with access to technical training programs along with proactive recruitment can keep fleets moving smoothly on the road.
Breaking Into Untapped Potential
As the supply chain sees an influx in hiring opportunities, there are areas in need of increased recruiting focus. The millennial generation, defined as those between the ages of 18-34, encompasses 25 percent of the population. Millennials represent more than one in three employees in the workforce now, surpassing Generation X and Baby Boomers3. Millennials provide unique perspectives and educational backgrounds that can greatly shape the supply chain and companies need to leverage those capabilities. Providing opportunities for millennials to travel, think outside the box, and conquer challenges attract this growing generation. Also, providing flexibility and an environment that prioritizes social responsibility are focal points4.
Those who have served their country in the military can provide extensive knowledge and experience to positively shape the supply chain. According to the most recent census in 2014, there are 19.3 million veterans in the United States5. Of those veterans, 5.8 percent are unemployed in the U.S.6 In Canada, there are approximately 700 Canadian Military veterans under the age of 707. Veterans value teamwork and embrace the chain of command while taking personal responsibility for performance and results. Retired military also adapt to shifting priorities and possess strong analytical and reasoning skills.
Women in the workforce continue to grow and present some of the best supply chain talent. Currently, Canada is seeing 27,000 unfilled supply chain jobs and there will be 360,000 supply chain positions to fill over the next five years8. According a report by Deloitte, U.S. manufacturing faces an anticipated shortage of two-million workers over the next two decades9. Women are looking to fill roles that were once traditionally seen for men and companies are strategically looking for opportunities to enhance female retention such as optimizing maternity leave and providing flexibility.
A 3PL with strategic recruiting and an understanding of the hiring climate provides seamless supply chain management. Looking outside of the box and knowing how to hire and retain talent can fill shortage gaps and keep businesses growing.