MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2 - (Page 7)
A Supply Chain's Most
Important Resource: People
Improving Supply Chain Performance
MHI 2016 Board of Governors
John Paxton, Chairman, MHI
Gregg Goodner, President, MHI
Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc.
Brett Wood, Vice President, MHI
Toyota Material Handling USA, Inc.
Steel King Industries, Inc.
Starrco Co., Inc.
Hanel Storage Systems
Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.
Steele Solutions, Inc.
George W. Prest
NACCO Material Handling Group, Inc.
EGA Products, Inc.
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More than 11 million people work in the U.S. supply chain-
that is 8.6 percent of the nation's workforce. However, a shortage
of skilled workers remains. Without a doubt, the skilled workforce
shortage is the biggest challenge facing this industry.
The need for new skill sets to run the new breed of digitized,
connected supply chains will only intensify this talent gap.
As lower-skilled jobs are increasingly replaced by a more connected, automated supply
chain, new, higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs will be created as entirely new categories of
work are defined. By taking advantage of technology and innovation, these supply chain jobs
will be safer, productive, flexible, engaging and more digitally focused. But where do we find
the talent and how do we retain it?
The supply chain workforce shortage was the most important issue that came out of the
soon-to-be released 2016 MHI Annual Industry Report: Accelerating Change: How Innovation
is Driving Digital "Always-On" Supply Chains.
According to the report, the workforce shortage is the biggest challenge facing supply chains.
A full 58 percent of respondents indicated that they face a significant challenge in hiring and
retaining a skilled supply chain workforce. Additionally, 56 percent say that training their
workforce to use new technologies is a top priority.
We, as an industry, need to do a better job of spreading the word that supply chains require
a diverse group of professionals that utilize innovation, creativity and smart thinking to not
only drive operational efficiency but to keep the economy going.
Because supply chains work behind the scenes, you only hear about them when there is a
disruption. Through initiatives like the iWorkInTheSupplyChain.com video campaign and the
New Generation Supply Chain Workforce track at MODEX 2016, MHI is working to increase
awareness of the amazing and rewarding career opportunities available in this industry.
MHI's Career & Technical Education Program and College-Industry Council on Material
Handling Education are also focused on this issue. Both are holding Student Days at MODEX
2016 with high school and university students. MHI is also organizing a Career Forum at
MODEX where MODEX attendees can view jobs that are available from MODEX exhibitors.
That's a start, but we need to do much more.
This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on this important topic, from changing skill sets to
developing a talent management strategy on how to work with the new generation of supply
We have also included detailed information on MODEX 2016, being held in Atlanta as you
MODEX is where the brightest minds in the supply chain gather to discuss the trends of today
and the challenges of tomorrow. With 800 exhibits and over 100 educational sessions, it's also
where leading companies get reliable information and solid advice about capital expenditures
and supply chain investments. Many of these investments are among the submissions for the
2016 MHI Innovation Award which you can view on page 89. The Innovation Award winners
will be announced at MODEX during MHI Industry Night on April 6.
I hope this issue of MHI Solutions helps provide the information and resources you need
to address workforce issues in your supply chain.
Remember every day is a good day...you can make it a great day!
George W. Prest
Chief Executive Officer, MHI
PuBLISHED MARCH 2016/MHI-Q0216/2358
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2
Emerging Technologies Produce Business Benefits and Talent Challenges
Developing a Talent Management Strategy
Collaborating with Education
Love your Supply Chain Career?
The Power of Mentoring
Eleven Ways to Diversify the Supply Chain: Insights from the Field
How Do You Build A Successful Career in Supply Chain?
Donated Equipment Gives High School, Community College Students Hands-On Experience
Industry Focus: Retail
2016 MHI Innovation Award to be Presented at MODEX 2016
Economic Market Analysis
The Jobs, Wages, Output and Taxes of the Supply Chain
Solutions Group Update
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
Index of Advertisers
MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2