The supply chain labor shortage presented a critical challenge for the manufacturing industry over the past few years.
The 2021 Inbound Logistics Perspectives: 3PL Market Research Report noted that a significant percentage of shippers and third-party logistics (3PL) companies indicated finding, training, and retaining qualified workers was one of their main problems.1 Similarly, the Manufacturers' Outlook Survey by the National Association of Manufacturers found that a top business challenge for manufacturing companies is "attracting and retaining a quality workforce."2
While these negative retention trends can be attributed to a number of factors, such as accelerating retirement plans and changing work preferences3, the result is ultimately the same—unfilled supply chain job positions, which contribute to further product shortages and service delays.
Fortunately, a promising solution is on the horizon that leverages technology. Many supply chain companies are deploying advanced technologies, such as robotics, tracking sensors for goods and inventory, automated machinery and systems, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence, which all promote productivity and connectivity within facilities and prompt the creation of new supply chain jobs that are more attractive to current and potential employees.