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Women in Logistics

Women in Logistics - The Future

The Heroines of Logistics

One to two percent of the workforce in the world maritime and logistics industries is made up of women, among the 125 million people working in the industry as a whole.

The logistics industry also has a poor perception of its career opportunities, which has positively led to a debate around skills gaps and a lack of gender diversity.

Addressing perceptions that the logistics industry is a career option for a very specific type of person is a real challenge. It's hard to escape the impression that roles primarily involve moving and lifting.

As one of the heroines of the logistics sector, a few of Melanie Hall´s experiences have highlighted this: health and safety gear being produced in large sizes; she’s felt that having shorter hair would make for easier compliance; and she’s had to manage plenty of quick changes out of tights and into socks and steel-toed boots. Hall won't opt to wear a skirt or dress on the days she knows she´ll be in the warehouse.

When she first started in logistics, she was more conscious of being female than she is now. She once noticed at an internal meeting that, aside from the HR rep, that she was the only female present. She wondered at the time if this was likely to be a regular occurrence. But as the competitive landscape changes, delivering for a customer is fast becoming the single most important measure of success, and gender is becoming less important.

Logistics permeates every industry and business sector in the world. It covers retail, life sciences, fashion, technology, construction, transport and so on. This means that in addition to needing drivers and warehouse operatives, there's also a requirement for business development and customer-facing personnel with expertise in the industries in which customers operate.

Hall manages a diverse team of professionals in operations, customer services, finance and even industry experts. Her typical day is full of meetings with customers, her team or the company as a whole to ensure we're moving in the right direction.

The logistics industry is working to make changes to attract a more diverse workforce. However, in doing so, it's important that there is a focus on hiring women in positions where they have visibility to inspire and encourage other women into the industry.

For Hall, being a woman in the logistics industry isn't an issue. She has always believed that she’s in a role to do a job, and to get the job done you need variety in the skills and expertise of the team. Hall can see why the industry may seem daunting to some, but it's important to understand that current perceptions of the industry aren't always accurate.

If you´re considering the move into logistics, Hall recommends focusing on building you own brand – it's the best way to ensure you're accepted in the role for your abilities, she says. Hall has been guilty of looking at a role and thinking "what can't I do?" but it's important to focus on what you can bring to your role. “We should relish diversity,” she adds. “The industry will only be able to attract the right talent and overcome its perception issues by better promoting the scope of opportunities available.”

We need more women in this business! If you´re a supporter of this idea, or you´d like to explore further study in this area, please don´t hesitate to make the most of our services.