Talent Management for Logistics 4.0

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According to a survey by Logistics Executive, a supply chain recruitment firm, logistics and supply chain have been nominated as the most difficult roles to recruit for in the region

With the advancement of AI technologies, robotics, and the likes of big data and predictive analytics, the logistics and distribution industry is one of the most ‘disrupted’ industry today.

These disruptive technologies which are part of the fourth industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0 are leading the shift towards new skills-based roles, the emergence of new roles including job redesign, from traditional physical stock-takes for instance, to operating machines, robotics and understanding data.

What remains unchanged however is the need for physical goods to be moved, distributed and delivered. And with the explosion of e-commerce, supply chain management has come to the fore as an important backbone even as online sales takes flight globally.

Rising Skills in an Agile Environment

The rise of AI, automation and robots is rapidly changing the talent and skills market. However, it is not just driving demand for technical, hard skills – like coding, cloud-computing and AI. Soft skills are highly sought after in the field.

In June this year, professional networking site LinkedIN published its Future of Skills 2019 Report. The report surveyed respondents from the Asia Pacific, namely Australia, India, Japan and Singapore and identified the top 10 rising skills of LinkedIn members in the region over the last five years by looking at the skills listed by members with the highest month-on-month growth.

89% of executives say that it is difficult to find people with soft skills. Even as demand for technology competencies increase, soft skills such as analytical thinking, active learning and creativity will retain or increase their value. In our digital, hyper-connected world, it is easy for information overload to occur. Soft skills, like creativity, adaptability, collaboration and time management, allow talent to navigate new information and make decisions effectively.

As traditional businesses adapt and focuses on harnessing technology and digital transformation for its operations, strategic talent management and workforce planning needs to be aligned and grow in tandem with business growth and transformation, in order to build a pipeline for a high-performing team to achieve business objectives. The lack of new talents or graduates of Supply Chain management specialist can impede the pace of growth. The reasons may vary according to demographics and from region to region including changing skill sets and demands and insufficient specialised training centres and courses. Locally, the industry also faces image issues in attracting and recruiting talents.


As enterprises dive into automation and digitisation, the critical question remains: is there sufficient support to reskill or upskill your workforce as part of the transformation? What new skills are emerging as critical skills for the industry; does the solution lie in outsourcing or internal upskilling and retraining? What about leadership and succession planning to lead the restructuring and strategic efforts of the organisation as it transforms?

The Talent Management for Logistics 4.0 forum will tackle and address these challenges, recent employment policy developments including impact of restrictions in foreign labour and initiatives impacting labour management, success stories in nurturing tomorrows’ supply chain talent pipeline and more.

Topics will include:

  • Adopting the Gig Workforce for Logistics 4.0

  • Talent Management and Retention as a Competitive Differentiator

  • Rethinking the People Factor in the Last Mile Delivery

  • Upping Employee Engagement for Talent Retention

  • Data-driven Talent Management

  • Strategic Manpower Planning for Digital Supply Chain Transformation


Who should attend?

We welcome attendees at every stage of the supply chain, whether you are in warehouse management, shipper, or 3PL. Including:

  • CEO/CHRO/Directors

  • General Manager

  • Head of Human Resource

  • Senior Manager/Manager Human Resource/HR

  • Talent acquisition and mangement

  • Employee Engagements

  • Talent Strategist

  • Compensation and Benefits

  • Performance Management

  • 3PL Partners

    If you are involve in managing people in the Transport, Logistics and Distribution industry, this event is NOT-TO-BE-MISSED!