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Logistics Innovations: What Radical or Incremental Innovation(s) Do You Foresee as Changing our Industry?

As logistics demand is directly tied to general economic conditions, transportation demand has been relatively stable for the past couple of years. Because the industry is currently in a state of relative stability, now is a time to ponder the next significant logistics innovations. Logistics is constantly evolving and innovating, but not all innovations are game-changers, or radical innovations. What will they be?

Logistics Innovations Look to Change the Industry

Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)

Perhaps the radical logistics innovations will include the expansion of use of liquid natural gas (LNG) fuel for multiple modes, or the serious consideration of high speed cargo trains.  Or perhaps we will be working with more incremental innovations like ongoing efforts to reduce the forecasted shortage of truck drivers by efforts such as multiplying the number of distribution centers. These incremental logistics innovations may include the expansion of intermodalism to cargo which is not usually containerized: tanktainers for liquids and gases, and the containerization of dry bulk cargo such as grains and coal, for example.

A Shortage of Logistics Employees

While discussing the future of the logistics industry, the forecasted shortage of logistics employees is also at the forefront of industry issues. Demand for employees currently and dramatically outpaces the supply of qualified workers and is forecasted to become worse. According to Georgia Center for Innovation in Logistics, current national educational completions are able to cover only about 28% of logistics jobs per year! Fortunately for the industry, there are several logistics programs in technical colleges, four year colleges, and universities.

Logistics Education is Alive and Well (Rounded!)

logistics innovations educationI teach in one such program in a university in the southeast which has 280 logistics majors, all juniors and seniors. Many of them find the logistics industry as exciting as I do, and are attracted to the industry for sound reasons. In general terms, they are thinking very rationally about their job choices and are attracted to logistics because they see it as an expanding field with growing numbers of jobs which withstand, to some degree, economic fluctuations. Students also feel that logistics allows them to explore several different modes and functions, allowing them some flexibility in terms of job duties and tasks over the span of their careers.

How Can We Spur more Interest to Increase Logistics Innovations?

Unfortunately, however, as a university and an industry, we aren’t drawing in enough students to satisfy industry demand. We aren’t attracting enough of them with news about the growth potential of the industry. The current recruitment is insufficient to cover the needs of the logistics industry.  How can we, as educators and professionals, solve this problem together?

Let’s start a dialogue!

First, how can we, in industry and education, attract more students into educational programs and entry-level jobs? How can we attract more qualified workers into logistics jobs?

Second, what radical or incremental logistics innovation(s) do you foresee as changing our industry?

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Heather Monteiro

Heather Monteiro

Logistics Instructor and PhD Candidate at Georgia Southern University
Heather Monteiro is a Logistics instructor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia; where she lives with her husband and four children. She is also a research assistant at Georgia Center for Innovation in Logistics, and has a personal research interest in all things transportation. She will complete her PhD in Logistics in 2014.
Heather Monteiro
  • Bong Dumaraog

    On training and development…

    I am working with universities and companies on how to strengthened the collaborations between the two. The mission is to continue learning in the workplace by creating Centers for Operation Excellece where future compny leaders from universities are trained, developed and evaluated and eventually hired…

  • Lee Roger

    Heather, well said, I agree that we are not able to attract more young people to join the industry.
    Perhaps, the young people has a misconception that logistics is simply driving a lorry and distributing good, like a lorry driver.

    There are a lot more to logistics, and I am sure that if we combine e-commerce understanding with logistics, it will be exciting. eg: The success of Alibaba, Amazon will draw a lot of interests, and sharing with them that the success of these companies come with strong logistics support, that is, the last mile delivery. I guess we all need to work harder to draw more people to get excited to join in the industry.

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