Areas Of Skill Gaps

In today’s blog, I would like to share some more scenario in continuation to my previous blog on  Skill Gap in Supply Chain & Logistics .

  • Areas of Skill Gap


In continuation of overview of skill gaps, we have to see that the major segments where the skill gap is really serious and also type and area of skill gaps. Skill issues exist in different domains and area of Supply Chain but the most urgent and immediate requirement is to improve the skill sets rather eliminate the skill gap in the following segments

  1. Warehousing
  2. Distribution of Products across Industries (Primary/Secondary/Tertiary) – In all modes (Surface/Air/Sea/Multi Modal)
  3. Procurement


In Past few years major growth has been seen across all the value chain but below sectors are showing upward trend :

  1. E Commerce
  2. Retail
  3. Automotive ( Although there is some slow down felt in automotive sector in last few months.)
  4. Pharma & Healthcare
  5. Agriculture/Commodities
  6. Food Processing


  • Major Concerns needs to be addressed


  • Lack of Interaction with complete supply chain.
  • Trained manpower
  • Lack of IT penetration
  • Expertise in Warehousing Technology
  • Process Inefficiencies


  • Skill Set – SCM/Logistics – Core Issues


  • Fast evolving Warehouse management process.
  • Rapid Automation
  • Absence of Structured Skill development initiative
  • Limited/Negligible Trained professional
  • Poor Facilities for on the job training
  • Lack of interest in new recruits arising due to poor working conditions.

  • Skills required in Future Supply Chain Managers include:
  1. Project management.
  2. Technical understanding of the subject.
  3. P&L Management skills.
  4. Ability to understand financials.
  5. Understanding of e-business / e-procurement systems.
  6. Problem solving/Troubleshooting Mindset.
  7. Understanding of cross-cultural / global issues.
  8. Business ethics.




  • Few Skill areas in Warehousing and Transportation
  1. Drivers Training
  2. Loading/Unloading Supervisors
  3. Inventory Management
  4. Warehouse Managers / Supervisors
  5. Space Optimization in both warehouse and Trucks


Supply chain professionals are constantly evolving. They are no longer confined to just using spreadsheets, clipboards and phones to manage the company’s supply chains.The evolution has brought the need for all-rounded experts those who possess the essential skills required to be a successful supply chain executive. On the other hand we need skill improvement among the ground staffs those who manages the direct operations and thus effectively and efficiently helps the organisation to grow.

In next part will focus on how to remove the existing skill gaps and also how to empower the new joiners and manpower with skills that will not only help them to get suitable job as per there qualifications and skill sets but also to achieve maximum output with minimum resource i.e optimisation.  This will help companies and corporates to bring down the total logistics spend which will finally result in higher profits.

…………………To be continued

Divya Prabhat

Supply Chain & Logistics Consultant

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