Session 1: How to make the logistics sector less dependent on finding the required talents?
The logistics sector has always been an important employer for all types of education, competence and experience levels. Today, the growth of the sector is more and more restricted by the shortage of blue-collar workers in particular. What should your company strategy be when appropriate supply chain workers are hard to find? How important are digitalization and automation in this debate?
Setup of the session
Common thread of this session is the case of Nike ELC, the host company. It is a real-life project on managing talent in logistics operations. The case and its learnings are transferable to companies that are facing similar challenges.
To set the scene, AMS faculty Prof. Dr. Ans De Vos will provide the necessary background, including an academic perspective, for a better understanding and framing of the case. After the presentation of the case by the Nike team, the participants will have time to prepare and assess the case from their own company’s point of view. Subsequently, the interactive debate will confront the varying points of view and perspectives to open a discussion supported by the Nike team and the academic experts. The chairman will conclude the debate by presenting the major outcomes and key takeaways of the afternoon.
The program continues with a visit of the Nike ELC plant in Laakdal, followed by a closing dinner. Wim Adriaens, the new CEO of the Flemish public employment service, will give the dinner keynote.