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Tips, stats and stories to overcome the supply chain talent crisis in 2017

Baby boomers have long dominated supply chain leadership roles, but as the generation nears retirement, many companies are now rushing to find new talent capable of filling the boomers’ shoes.

The task is anything but easy. Baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – have seen supply chains shift drastically over the past half century. The opening of China to the global marketplace, the end of the cold war, the proliferation of free trade deals and the rise and fall of American manufacturing all occurred within their lifetimes. Supply chain management as a career did not even exist until the 1980s, nor did APICS or CSCMP.

If supply chain management is about bridging the changes between the old and the new, few generations were better suited for the career than the boomers. For that same reason, there is no better group capable to train and teach future leaders.

As companies prepare to face the upcoming “supply chain talent crisis,” here are five stories with tips, stats and strategies that may help:

  1. Talent shortage looms for supply chain industry

    The sector must create an attractive workplace for millennials to help shore up the increasing talent gap. Read More >>

  2. Recruiter tips: Social media, certifications can help ease the talent shortage

    Recruitment is a two-way street: As supply chain executives improve their talent acquisition strategies, aspiring professionals must hone their skills to match companies' needs. Read More >>

  3. Facing worker shortage, IN manufacturers get creative

    Subaru and Vincennes University offer high job prospects for select graduates. Read More >>

  4. Microsoft fights talent shortage through fresh-hire training

    The company believes showing employees it is willing to invest in them can help retention. Read More >>

  5. Survey: Women in leadership can help talent acquisition, retention

    A new survey reveals only 5% of participants had women at senior management positions within their supply chain. Read More >>

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