Published in January 2018

The Digital Supply Chain: Creating Skills for the Future looks at the expected impacts on human resources of six technologies being adopted in the supply chain sector: autonomous vehicles, robotics and automation, big data analytics, drones, mobility internet and the internet of things, and blockchain.

Funded by the Government of Alberta Workforce Initiatives Branch and undertaken in partnership with the Calgary Logistics Council, the report focuses on Alberta, but mirrors conditions and developments in the supply chain across the country. The research considers:

  • the current role of technology in the supply chain;
  • key characteristics of emerging technologies and the ways they will likely be implemented into supply chains;
  • adoption rates of emerging technologies within industry;
  • the labour skill changes that are projected to occur in select supply chain occupations; and,
  • projected impacts on skill sets required across supply chain roles.

The research findings indicate that, based on projected changes in the sector over the next three to five years stemming from the increasing use of these new technologies, the labour force will need new skill sets. The top four skills that are expected to be required by supply chain professionals are strategic thinking and problem solving; collaborating across different business units, customers and functions; leading and developing others; and managing global and diverse teams.