Transportation & logistics 2030 series

A series of Delphi studies

Latest issue — Volume 5: Winning the talent race

The fifth volume of the T&L 2030 series is a multi-faceted analysis of talent management in the transportation and logistics industry worldwide. It also contains strategies to help transportation and logistics companies improve their talent management.

Key findings - discover the results

The findings of the study reveal that the global transportation and logistics industry is in urgent need of a radical transformation if it is to stay competitive and attract skilled people.

Highlights from survey:

  • Demographic changes pose a dramatic threat to the business models of many transport and logistics companies
  • Transportation and logistics companies are lagging behind other sectors in terms of recruiting and hiring. SMEs in particular are not regarded as the preferred employers of the future
  • The transportation and logistics industry will fall short of taking full advantage of the significant benefits that gender and cultural diversity can offer
  • Future job seekers still won't see transportation and logistics as a desirable industry. To stand out, transportation and logistics companies must proactively manage their company brand

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Executives' Insights

This edition includes views from different executives on talent management and which strategies they pursue to tackle the challenge.

Get to know the perspective from:

  • Anne-Cathrin Schreiber, Chairwoman of Task Force Leadership & Lifelong Learning, Business and Professional Women (BPW) Europe
  • Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman & CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany
  • Hussein Hachem, CEO of Aramex, Middle East & Africa, UAE
  • Inge Mulder, CFO of South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), South Africa

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Opportunities - improve your talent management

So what can transportation and logistics companies do to address talent issues and improve their human resource management and strategy?

In this report, we offer 21 forward-looking activities.

The options span a wide range:

  • Introduction of new technical devices to improve working conditions
  • Change how companies organise and implement learning and education
  • Help companies better recruit and attract skilled talent
  • Help employees find the right work-life balance and stay healthy and motivated

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RealTime Delphi - a global perspective

We entered into a dialogue with experts from the industry, science, business associations and politics to ensure a well-balanced perspective.

Our Delphi panel

  • 94 panellists from 24 countries on 5 continents
  • 37% of the respondents originate from emerging markets
  • Industry, science and associations and politics
  • All transport modes represented: logistics; shipping; railways; aviation and road transport
  • Continuous coaching for panellists available throughout the process

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Around the world, populations are ageing. In many developed economies, increasing numbers of workers are contemplating when to retire. That's a major problem for some sectors, like road freight, where labour shortages due to retirements are already beginning to take their toll. In developing economies, transportation and logistics as a sector is growing rapidly - but workforce development isn’t yet keeping pace. How will transportation and logistics companies cope?

To get some answers, we've put together a global panel of experts and posed a series of questions using a RealTime Delphi methodology. Will transportation and logistics executives be standing in the winner's circle in 2030? You can read the experts' views in this report. We also present some suggestions on how transportation and logistics companies can position themselves.

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Volume 4: Securing the supply chain

Volume 4 in our T&L 2030 series is a multi-faceted analysis of supply chain security and its impact on global supply chains as well as how global transportation & logistics companies will operate in the future. We also developed a security risk profile that transportation & logistics companies can use to analyse the security of their operations.

Volume 3: Emerging Markets – New hubs, new spokes, new industry leaders?

A multi-faceted analysis of transportation & logistics in emerging markets and the impact on global supply chains. We examine how regulation sets the scene for investment and growth, how new transport corridors span the globe, how industry consolidation accelerates and service levels improve and how the competitive environment at home and abroad emerges.

Volume 2: Transport infrastructure—Engine or hand brake for global supply chains?

An analysis of transport infrastructure and its impact on future supply chains. We examine how supply and demand for transport infrastructure will evolve, how transport infrastructure will be financed in the future, its importance for the competitiveness of regions or territories and the development of sustainable transport infrastructure.

Volume 1: How will supply chains evolve in an energy-constrained, low-carbon world?

A multi-faceted analysis of the transportation & logistics sector and the impact and pressure of sustainability. Energy scarcity, consumer behaviour, transport modes and future supply chains represent discrete aspects of how the future may evolve in T&L, each of which is likely to impact the others.

Contact us

Julian Smith
Global transportation & logistics leader

Peter Kauschke
T&L 2030 Programme director
Tel: +49 211 981-2167

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