The logistics industry is becoming more inclusive, with automation, e-commerce and technological advancements breaking barriers and creating opportunities for women, while organizations are working towards generating awareness and empowering women to join the field, and employers are creating supportive cultures with equal opportunities.
Women's representation in the logistics industry is relatively low, but the industry is picking up to become more diverse and gender-neutral with an increase in women leaders, entrepreneurs and automation of jobs.
This shift is degenderizing the industry, as women are increasingly being recognized for their skills and abilities, rather than being judged based on their gender. Diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace are important for the growth of the industry as it brings different perspectives and ideas to the table.
Automation in the warehousing industry has also played a role in degenderizing jobs, making them more accessible to women. Additionally, technologies such as IoT, AI, and Robotics have also contributed to this cultural shift. Encouragement by educational institutions through their supply chain programs has led to more women considering logistics as a career option.
The rise of e-commerce has been a force multiplier for women in the logistics industry, breaking down physical barriers to entry, and promoting flexible work arrangements.
The logistics industry has seen a shift towards greater inclusivity and gender-neutrality, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The increased focus on e-commerce and online platforms has created opportunities for women in technology-related roles, such as data analytics, market intelligence, supply chain management, and IT; which are less physically demanding. The pandemic has led to greater flexibility in work arrangements including remote working, which can promote a better work-life balance for women employees.
Jobs in the logistics industry can provide a well-paying, secure, and rewarding career, particularly for those with a technical background.
The logistics industry is a dynamic and constantly evolving field that is the backbone of international trade. It is a future-proof career with great prospects in India, thanks to government initiatives such as "Make in India" and the advancement of the manufacturing sector. It offers long-term stability and consistent growth, as well as opportunities for international markets and technology. It requires a combination of strategy and attention to detail, making it well-suited for individuals who are motivated by curiosity and have a knack for problem-solving. Women, in particular, are well-suited for this industry as they tend to possess these qualities.
As an engineer, I can attest that those with technical backgrounds have a valuable skill set that is in high demand in the field of project logistics. Engineers are well-suited to the logistics industry as it requires a technical understanding and solution-driven mindset. The potential for those with technology backgrounds in logistics is high and engineering candidates in India can consider this field as a good career option.
The logistics industry is working towards creating a supportive environment for the career development of women workers, backed by government policies and awareness programs.
While government policies such as the Equal Remuneration Act, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act and Swagch Bharat Abhiyan have been implemented, there is still a need for awareness and voluntary actions to improve the working conditions for women in the field, such as providing separate resting places and clean restrooms tor women worktorce, drivers and professionals at the roads, ports, at container freight stations (CFS), and at warehouses. The National Logistics Policy 2022 is expected to create more career opportunities for women in the sector. Organizations such as WISTA and CILT's WiLAT are working towards generating awareness and empowering women to join the logistics field.
My employer, Procam, supports women by creating a supportive culture with equal opportunities, internal and external trainings, and rewarding performances. We are also actively recruiting women in various departmental roles such as Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, and IT Department. I also try to do my bit by visiting educational institutes to create awareness on Project Logistics.
Each project presents new challenges, but the most challenging project I have worked on was the door-to-door logistics and installation of a machine line and automation for a leading automotive company in India.
As the head of International Business at Procam, I specialize in Heavy Lift and OOG Project Logistics. This project required coordination and work both on and off the field, at the port and project site, where I was the only woman in a team of 30 men engaged in various roles. Despite the challenges, it was a valuable experience that highlights the potential for women in the logistics industry.