Cue, of course, a massive surge in the demand for logistics workers to process, transport, and deliver those billions of new orders. A staggering example of the, dare we say, unprecedented scale of this demand for logistics workers, is in the hiring stats: Amazon reports 450,000 new hires since the beginning of the pandemic and a plan for another 125,000 across the U.S. in its fulfillment and transportation divisions.
Most of these new positions will be filled by Millennials and Generation Z. Savvy logistics providers are wasting no time aligning their incentives, values, tools, and more to attract and retain those workers.
In many ways, Covid-19 has greatly accelerated the pace of change, fast forwarding us into the future of logistics. The digital transformation was well underway, but pandemic restrictions shifted deployment of new tools, skills, and technologies into high gear. Occupancy limits, remote work, contactless operations: all these demands pushed innovation, that might otherwise have lingered in the wings, straight onto the world’s stage. Now we can capitalize on this momentum to further future-proof supply chains.