With the current generation of logistics, supply chain, and material handling managers and executives—the people who created the processes, technologies, and strategies that drive supply chains today—starting to retire, developing the next generation of logistics and supply chain innovators has become a priority. But how to attract them to these fields, and keep them involved? Some industry associations think "young professionals" groups will help to keep up-and-coming young people engaged and excited about their chosen professions.
These groups, usually formed and managed by young association members, generally target members age 30 and under, although some have an age limit of 40. They typically function as a forum for discussing topics of mutual interest such as career paths and personal development, meeting peers on a social basis, and performing community service. They have their own LinkedIn and Facebook groups, publish blogs and newsletters, and run events and educational programs.
Several organizations have launched young professionals groups in the logistics and supply chain fields. Just three examples:
These are just a few recent examples; others (such as Young Professionals in Transportation), have been around for some time, and new ones continue to pop up around the country.