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Why Supply Chain Talent Management Needs to Be a Top Priority

Why Supply Chain Talent Management Needs to Be a Top Priority | Transportfolio


The well-known business adage that people are a company’s most important asset has taken on new significance in the supply chain industry over recent years.

Companies have always needed smart, motivated professionals to design, build, and manage their supply chains. But in today’s ever-changing, complex global landscape, professional talent has become even more important as a competitive differentiator.

In this blog post, I’ll explore why supply chain talent management should be a top priority for companies—and every practitioner.

Compelling Reasons to Focus on Talent Management

Talent management is rightly associated with the HR function, but all disciplines need to be engaged in the charge. This is especially true of supply chain management, a function that needs an ever-expanding mix of skills and expertise to meet its tactical and strategic responsibilities.

Here are five reasons why supply chain professionals at all levels need to be diligent talent managers.

Addressing the talent shortage crisis

It is estimated that there is one qualified person for every six job openings in the supply chain industry at present. The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) forecasts that in 2018, the industry in the United States alone will need to recruit an additional 1.4 million individuals to meet its talent needs.

A major issue for your corporate leaders

Surveys of the concerns that keep CEOs awake at night consistently rank the impact of talent gaps at or near the top of their worry lists. In addition, I believe that business leaders have two jobs: to deliver business results and develop talent.

The cost of employee churn

Employee turnover, whether from a poor hire or an employee leaving because they perceive greater opportunity elsewhere, is disruptive and expensive. Replacing a young professional early in his or her career can cost an estimated $15,000 to $20,000. The ability to retain talent is especially critical for younger groups of employees, such as Millennials, who tend to change jobs more frequently.

Today’s recruit is tomorrow’s leader

Supply chain professionals early in their careers will climb the career ladder and take leadership positions—they are your future trading partners and customers.

Your team can benefit from fresh talent

Young workers bring new skills to the table. They have an international outlook, and they are extremely tech savvy and creative—qualities that are well suited to an increasingly complex, global industry.

Final Thoughts

If talent is at the heart of a successful company, then it’s in everyone’s interest to help ensure that the enterprise benefits from this vital resource.

For more information on the importance of bringing new professionals to our industry, read our Connect blog post, “Why Logistics is a Good Fit for Millennials.”


Sean Siebels

Great article, thank you for sharing Angie! Agreed, Talent Management has to be a top priority. Before a CEO can launch a new product, enter a new geography, fight off a new competitor, turnaround a weak performing unit or make an acquisition, they must first ask this question: Do we have the right people in the organization to deliver on our goals?



Eve oreilly

Great article. Identifying and investing in future leaders needs to be the embraced beyond the HR function. Eve Oreilly



Lizzu Castaneda

On point Angie. Talent retention seems to be an area of concern more and more across industries. I think one way successful companies can find innovative retention tools is by using deferred compensation plans to motivate loyalty and growth within a company.



Tisha Danehl

Great article! Valuable insight.



Bud Floyd

Angie this quick read is to the point, on target and relevant for today's businesses. From my days at Johnson & Johnson, talent development needs to come from the top and bottom up and become a part of the company's DNA.




I agree a lot on many points, thank you!



Debbie Maines

Good Morning I am a seasoned veteran in the transportation world. I am looking to work for a large logistics company. I have been a agent for the last 20 years brokering 90% of my freight ! My head is spinning with all the opportunity at CH Robinson. Please send me a starting point I am opened to suggestions!



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