“78% of respondents to Gartner’s most recent Chief Supply Chain Officer Survey
identify talent as the No. 1 long-term supply chain risk”
There is a lot of documented evidence of a shortage in supply chain talent. Why is it happening? Planning is becoming increasingly complex; not only due to the increasing demand and supply chain complexity, but also due to the wide range of new data sources such as channel data, retail data and even web data - nearly all of which wasn’t available years ago. John Kern, senior vice president of supply chain operations at Cisco Systems says that as companies look for the skills to build complex global supply chains, the industry “is undergoing one of the most massive talent shifts we have ever seen,” .
So with a shortage of people able to process this deluge of new data, here is what we may be doing wrong. Instead of thinking about how to find and train people to fit an increasingly complex and multifaceted job, maybe we need to consider how supply chain jobs and roles might be reconfigured to fit this new reality.