The Individuals Behind Efficient Supply Chains

Moving into the future, automation is poised to play a colossal role in supply chains. This raises many questions about the role humans will play. This theme underpins MHI’s recent “Jobs of Tomorrow” episode, “The Individuals Behind Efficient Supply Chains.”

Technology Can Help Prevent Worker Burnout

Given that many traditional warehousing and distribution center tasks are mundane and physically taxing, employee turnover is common within these settings. The advantage of automation is that it can perform many of these jobs and free humans to do more enjoyable tasks.

Additionally, new technology is also improving the employee training process.  In this episode, Colman Roche, VP of E-commerce & Retail for Swisslog, said that new software is making it possible for warehouse workers to be trained in as little as 15 minutes. He explains how it greatly contributes to job satisfaction when a worker can start being productive almost immediately.

Critical Thinking is Key for the Future Workforce

Given the disruption that automation, AI, and machine learning are unleashing, workers who are adaptable and technically curious are likely to thrive in the supply chain careers of tomorrow. Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), identifies critical thinking as one of the most important skills for employees to have.

To learn more about the changing supply chain workforce, watch “The Individuals Behind Efficient Supply Chains” now.  You can watch all of the Season 2 episodes on MHIview or on Tubi.

Embrace Future Trends at MODEX 2024

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