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How to Hire for Flexibility in Logistics and E-commerce

How to Hire for Flexibility in Logistics and E-commerce

The National Retail Federation expects internet sales to expand up to 12 percent in 2017, following a 16 percent growth in 2016. The logistics industry that fulfills those online sales is growing in tandem, and both industries face a steep talent shortfall.

New technologies aimed at streamlining e-commerce and logistics are in constant development. Logistics organizations are adopting Internet of Things products for everything from tracking products to indicating when a truck driver needs a rest break. In e-commerce, emerging tech aims to improve the end-to-end customer experience and better manage the supply chain.

From January 2017 to June 2017, the available e-commerce and logistics talent supply met only a portion of demand. Below is supply and talent demand data sourced from CareerBuilder’s Insights portal:

Roles Supply Demand Percent of talent available to meet demand
E-Commerce software and web developers, security analysts and systems managers and architects 31,720 47,261 67.1%
Logistics software developers and systems administrators 3,649 9,566 38.1%

Leverage Assessments to Improve Hiring

You need to hire employees who can be flexible and adapt to a fast-changing environment. Pre-hire assessments provide a fast, easy and low-cost solution for hiring people with the skills, mindset and flexibility to help your organization thrive. They can be incorporated into your existing hiring process for any and all roles.

A 2015 Wall Street Journal article noted that eight of the top 10 U.S. private employers administer pre-hire tests in their job applications for some positions. According to Stephen Davis, a University of Chicago economist, as employers intensified their front-end screening between 2000 and 2015, labor-market churn declined by more than 25% because “a larger fraction of the people they hire are working out.”

Hudson offers online, pre-hire assessments that measure reasoning ability, business attitudes and motivational drives.

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