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Many Don't Know Logistics Industry Has 'Help Wanted' Sign on Display

The logistics industry has a recruiting problem. It's huge, making up 8.5 percent of GDP, and growing fast. But to most job seekers, it's misunderstood - or invisible. How can a $1.3tr industry, getting bigger every year, be hidden in plain sight?

Many Don't Know Logistics Industry Has 'Help Wanted' Sign on Display

Easy. The vast U.S. logistics business, which delivers 48 million tons of freight (worth about $48bn) daily and already employs roughly 6 million people, operates mostly behind the scenes.

"When you order something from, say, Amazon, you know it arrives on your doorstep in two days, but most people don't think about how," observes George Prest, CEO of logistics trade group Material Handling Industry. He adds that the field gets overlooked by new grads in particular, who think of supply-chain work — if they think of it at all — as "a guy driving a forklift in a dusty old factory."

That outdated image is a huge hurdle for an industry that badly needs new talent in high tech, analytics, robotics and engineering.

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Easy. The vast U.S. logistics business, which delivers 48 million tons of freight (worth about $48bn) daily and already employs roughly 6 million people, operates mostly behind the scenes.

"When you order something from, say, Amazon, you know it arrives on your doorstep in two days, but most people don't think about how," observes George Prest, CEO of logistics trade group Material Handling Industry. He adds that the field gets overlooked by new grads in particular, who think of supply-chain work — if they think of it at all — as "a guy driving a forklift in a dusty old factory."

That outdated image is a huge hurdle for an industry that badly needs new talent in high tech, analytics, robotics and engineering.

Read Full Article

Many Don't Know Logistics Industry Has 'Help Wanted' Sign on Display