The 2014 Dematic Insight breakfast seminars will feature Bernard Salt, Australia’s leading commentator on social, cultural and demographic trends.
Sponsored by integrated logistics systems specialist Dematic, the 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.
Mr Salt will be discussing Australia’s looming labour crisis and its adverse impact on the supply chain. Exploring different facets of the labour problem, Mr Salt will be outlining why labour costs will go up, how labour availability will become a chronic problem, and why companies will need to soon change the way they run their warehouse and distribution centre.
Explaining how the demographic dividend of the 1950s and 1960s is quickly turning into a demographic liability, Mr Salt comments that Australia is on the cusp of an important shift in the supply of labour.
With more young people entering the workforce than those who retired, the continual supply was an advantage to labour-dependent businesses. However, during the 2010s, more baby boomers exited the workforce than Gen Ys entered, resulting in a skills and labour shortage.
Mr Salt adds that the expectation shift between the generations where Gen Ys aren’t as keen to do the kind of work that their parents and grandparents were prepared to, has added to the problem. Solutions will range from targeted migration through specific visa programs to increased use of automation.
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.
Seminar Venues, Dates & Times
Sydney: Wednesday, 26 March, The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin Place 7:00 – 9:30 amMelbourne: Friday, 28 March, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins St 7:00 – 9:30 am
Attendance at the Dematic Insight breakfast seminars is free, but numbers are limited. Bookings are recommended to avoid missing out.