Wednesday, January 04, 2017
“I work in the supply chain” is often followed by “what’s that?” or “what do you do?” Or it can bring to mind negative stereotypes of workers spending endless hours in dark, dingy factories.
The reality is that supply chains are global enterprises led by a diverse group of professionals that utilize innovation, creativity and smart thinking to not only drive operational efficiency but to keep the economy going. Supply chain careers are some of the most rewarding and highly-compensated jobs that are now being seen as the new path to the C-suite.
Another reality is that while more than 11 million people work in the supply chain, 8.6% of the nation’s workforce, a shortage of skilled supply chain workers remains. An estimated 600,000 manufacturing positions in the U.S. are unfilled for a lack of qualified workers. In addition, the “U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics” predicts that, between now and 2018, there will be 1.4 million new jobs in the logistics and supply chain field.
As a leader in the material handling and supply chain industry, MHI is re-launching an awareness campaign designed to not only promote manufacturing and supply chain as an innovative and rewarding career choice but to change the perception of jobs in the industry. The goal of the #iWorkInTheSupplyChain campaign is to connect, engage and inspire next-generation workers to pursue manufacturing and supply chain careers.
The campaign was launched today with a video titled #iWorkInTheSupplyChain that tells the unique stories of a variety of manufacturing and supply chain professionals. The video can be viewed at iWorkInTheSupplyChain.com.
MHI is inviting all who work in manufacturing and the supply chain and students in school for a supply chain related career to join this campaign and share what they proudly do or will do in their career. MHI has created an interactive Blog at iWorkInTheSupplyChain.com where professionals can join the conversation, tell their unique stories, upload videos and connect with other manufacturing and supply chain professionals.
Supply chain professionals can also utilize social media to spread the word. They can Tweet, take a picture, shoot a video or send a message to share their unique story and the difference their job makes in the world by using the #iWorkInTheSupplyChain hashtag.
“New and emerging manufacturing and supply chain technologies are requiring highly-sophisticated skill sets an equally sophisticated, well-trained and well-paid workforce,” said George Prest, MHI CEO. “Because supply chains work behind the scenes, you only hear about them when there is a disruption. We, as an industry, have to do a better job communicating the amazing and rewarding career opportunities available. That’s the goal of this campaign.”
The 2017 MHI Face of the Supply Chain
Supply chain professionals who share their story at iWorkInTheSupplyChain.com automatically enter to become the 2017 MHI Face of the Supply Chain. This award will honor a supply chain professional and students whose personal story demonstrates the hard work, creative-thinking and a commitment to innovation it takes to succeed in this industry. The winner will be announced at ProMatShow, April 3-6 in Chicago. Visit iWorkInTheSupplyChain.com to learn more and submit an entry.
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for their members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX expos to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals.
Contact: For more information on MHI activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190.