Bernard Salt, a leading commentator on social, cultural and demographic trends, will discuss Australia’s looming labour crisis, and how it will adversely impact the supply chain at this year’s Dematic Insight seminars.
Mr Salt will explain why he believes labour costs will rise and why skills shortages will remain a chronic problem.
He will also discuss why you will need to change the way you run your warehouse and distribution centre – sooner than you think.
Sponsored by integrated logistics systems specialist Dematic, these thought-provoking breakfast seminars for business leaders and supply chain industry professionals will be held in Sydney and Melbourne on March 26 and 28, 2014.
The demographic dividend of the 1950s and 1960s is quickly turning into a demographic liability.
“Australia is on the cusp of an important shift in the supply of labour, explained Mr Salt.
“For two generations young people have entered the workforce in greater numbers than those who have retired. This continual supply was an advantage to labour-dependent businesses.
“However, during the 2010s a game-changing shift occurred. In a break with the past, more baby boomers exited the workforce than Gen Ys entered.
“The result is a skills and labour shortage.”
Mr Salt says there is also an “expectation shift” between the generations: Gen Ys aren’t as keen to do the kind of work their parents and grandparents were prepared to.
“Solutions will range from targeted migration through specific visa programs to increased use of automation,” he said.
While automation may appear to be an obvious solution to the labour crisis, the key is to understand how to do more with less.
Dematic’s CEO Glen Borg will illustrate through real world examples, that while automation may be the answer for certain applications, performance and productivity improvements can also be driven by strategies such as low cost upgrades or simple new processes.
“The goal is not only to achieve a step change in performance, but to also embrace a lean and continuous improvement culture,” said Mr Borg.
Seminar program, venue, timing details and online registration are available at www.dematic.com.au/insight
Attendance at the Dematic Insight breakfast seminars is free, but numbers are limited. Bookings are recommended to avoid missing out.
Wednesday, March 26, The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin Place, 7am-9:30am
Friday, March 28, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins St, 7am – 9:30am