Anyone who has the job of keeping warehouses optimally staffed will tell you it’s never a complexity that goes away – it simply evolves. The last few months of COVID-19 disruption are a perfect example.
But even though unemployment rates recently went from all-time lows to all-time highs because of the pandemic, there are still massive job openings within supply chain operations. Why is that and what can be done to help make this ongoing labor shortage situation better? And how will next generation tech, like autonomous mobile robots, play a role in the solution?
Those are the questions Körber will ask in its first Master Class Series, Addressing Labor Challenges(with a focus on North America), running Tuesdays and Thursdays May 19-June 2. We’ll explore topics such as lack of efficiency in warehouse operations, the impact of eCommerce’s stunning growth (and why “throw bodies at it” might not be the right answer), and what it takes to keep good employees on staff rather than managing a revolving door.
Each class is broken into short, easily digestible 30-minute segments that take place from 12-12:30 p.m. EDT over five sessions. Here is the lineup:
- May 19 – New labor challenges in warehousing – unprecedented challenges abound, and warehouses should adopt labor capabilities to ensure operations continuity, worker safety and reliable profits
- May 21 – Adjusting your workforce to new regulations after COVID-19 – warehouses must adjust and accommodate changing regulations like social distancing and improved sanitation procedures
- May 26 – Mitigating retail execution challenges through technology optimization – Since commerce is moving online at a fast and furious pace, supply chains need technology to optimize retail execution and meet consumer expectations
- May 28 – Scaling up and down for seasonality or crisis – severe seasonal peaks will make or break your supply chain while putting your workforce to the test
- June 2 – Leveraging automation and other technologies to address labor challenges – the labor gap will lessen for those supply chains that identify, implement and augment their labor force with automation and other innovative technologies
Host Thomas Goldsby, Professor and Chair of Logistics at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, will introduce each half-hour session. He will then turn the floor over to a speaker well-versed in the day’s topic, followed by plenty of time for an interactive Q&A. And if you can’t make a particular session, want to replay or share it with others afterward, a recording will be made available right after the presentation.
For more information and to register, click here.
P.S. While you’re registering, don’t forget to sign up for our future Master Classes! Our next series, focused on Cold Storage Trends, begins June 9.