Supply chain professionals ‘flock’ to e-commerce

19 August 2013

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20 August 2013 | Will Green 

The growth of e-commerce is causing a “headache” for the retail sector because it is sucking up supply chain professionals, according to a report.

The Talent Spotlight, produced by recruiter Badenoch & Clark, said talent is “flocking” to e-commerce firms and leaving the wider retail sector with tough-to-fill vacancies. 

The report shows supply chain and logistics vacancies increased by 19.5 per cent in July, compared with the month before, and by 67.5 per cent year-on-year.

Matt Gascoigne, executive director of procurement and supply chain at Badenoch & Clark, said: “E-commerce is attracting candidates from the wider retail sector including merchandising and logistics. This is creating vacancies in the wider sector that are typically harder to fill.

“Candidates are finding e-commerce businesses that are experiencing high levels of growth and profitability as a more attractive prospect to retailers that may be associated with the high street or who are still in the process of transitioning a multi-channel model and struggling to increase year-on-year sales.

“Typically, the prospects for progression are a lot better, particularly as the retail sector as a whole has had a difficult time over recent years and traditional retailers have had to make cutbacks through closures and redundancies.”

The report also said competition among firms for demand planners with fast-moving consumer goods experience is “heating up”, while companies are taking a longer-term view on recruitment decisions.

Gascgoine said: “Organisations are focusing on longer-term investments rather than making hiring decisions based on an immediate requirement. This has seen changes in the hiring process, such as better job descriptions, improved agency briefings and a deeper understanding of organisation culture, competency assessment and psychometric testing.” 

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