LogiSYM Webinars: People in the Supply Chain: Training, development and their role in a post COVID-19 world

LogiSYM Webinars: People in the Supply Chain: Training, development and their role in a post COVID-19 world

Summary
The webinar attracted more 120 registrations and 87 live connections with a continuous flow of excellent questions, comments & feedback from participants. It is the intention of the LogiSYM team to give a reply to all questions from the participants.

1. Dr Shereen’s key highlights can be summarised as follows:
Opening message – COVID-19 is presenting us with many new opportunities to improve the way we do things – we need to capitalise on this moment !
a. Focus areas & challenges for Academia
– Challenges of competition & managing student expectations.
– A research focus to develop new skills for students.
– Collaboration with industry & developing simulation tools & models for advancing skill sets.
– Address skills sets for Digital Supply Chain which is vital for the future.
b. Immediate priorities for Companies to navigate through & out of the crisis:-
– Change Leadership crucial for risk management & deploying new skill sets.
– When Lean is effective it creates exposure – a re-balancing approach is now needed.
– Agile is part of resiliency – gives flexibility in design, operations & defining strategies.
– Must address business continuity & scenario planning to mitigate risk.
– Develop a resilience culture as the norm to be better prepared for disruptions.
– Apply best methodologies including hybrid ones – like “Leagile”
– Vulnerabilities are due to, poor CSR, poor suppliers relationships, weak network capacity & flexibility.

2. Rob Wisdom’s key highlights can be summarised as follows:
Opening message – Companies recognise that supply chains are key to get them back on track !
a. Focus areas & challenges of Recruiting
– Companies need to crystallise their skill set needs.
– Recruitment demand is still strong, but expect to see a skills set mix change.
– Expect that Supply chain skills will be in higher demand in this period.
– Knowing how to adapt to traditional supply chain functionalities will be an asset.
b. Immediate priorities for Companies to navigate through & out of the crisis:-
– Collaboration is crucial, skilled labour supply restricted due to mobility constraints.
– Resilience & risk management are is key areas for companies to address.
– Procurement/purchasing function will be a very important skill set for supply chain.
– focus on skills & education supply chain team to improve performance expertise.
– Vulnerabilities will be seen in many areas – prioritise supply chain risk mitigation.
– Improve capabilities for employees

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