Women in Logistics & Supply Chain

Women everywhere are starting to make their mark in the supply chain and logistics industry.

How has supply chain management evolved in response to gender diversity trends?

Currently the supply chain and logistics industry is heavily male-dominated. In 2017, only 20% of employees in the wider transport and logistics industry in Australia were female. This workforce composition has largely remained the same over the past 30 years.

The fact is that having women in the workplace, in leadership positions and receiving equal standing to men ultimately benefits everyone; the supply chain and logistics industry is no exception. 

Our industry requires in-depth knowledge and a detail-oriented approach; both values that women are extremely capable of bringing to their work. Evidence also shows that women naturally possess excellent emotional intelligence and other soft skills, characteristics that are increasingly being sought in recruitment strategies. Not only does greater emotional intelligence in leaders deliver better business results, but it also creates conditions that inspire team members to stay and contribute to the organisation long-term.

Including women in the workforce leads to a greater likelihood of sustained, profitable growth. Diversity strengthens teams; having a variety of perspectives and skill sets can lead to more robust problem solving and better quality outcomes. It creates a collaborative, open-minded workplace where both men and women can excel to move the business toward greater profitability. 

If you’re reluctant to hire women because you think they can’t cut the supply chain and logistics industry, you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage. Discounting women from recruitment processes can drastically reduce the talent pool you’re looking at, which means you may not end up hiring the best person for the job. 

Things are improving in the logistics industry for women. Studies made by the Women’s Gender Equality Agency indicate that the number of Australian women in managerial roles in logistics grew by 2.2% from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018. Faced with a changing employment landscape, the logistics industry should embrace all the help and diversity it can get in order to respond to increasingly concerning questions like ‘How will logistics deliver value to customers in the age of robots?’ and ‘Will logistics be automated?’. Companies are reaping the benefits from bringing more women on board, and the logistics industry should act fast to make sure it isn’t left behind.