I firmly believe that our mindset plays a crucial role in achieving success. The idea that "believe in yourself" holds true, as gender-based equation never becomes a roadblock for a go-getter.
Though there is a change in the thought process on gender equality in all industries, the pace of change is slow in the logistics industry.
As I traveled and worked in various countries in the APAC and Africa region in the logistics and heavy lifting industry, I noticed a low presence of women in these sectors, particularly in India. However, I believe that gender should not be a roadblock for those who are determined to succeed. My own experience has shown me that exploring new fields can reveal hidden layers within us, and I believe that this is true for other women as well.
Advancements in technology have made the cabins and operating systems of heavy trailers like those in planes, and with many women pilots, there is no reason why women should not be able to operate these trailers or cranes as well.
The government is making significant efforts to develop secure super freight corridors, and there is no valid reason why women should be excluded from the logistics sector. It is also promoting the presence of women in all spheres to empower them, and efforts are being made to ensure safe and comfortable working conditions. It is crucial for society to change its mindset and embrace the capabilities of women in this industry. Over time, it is important for every industry to become gender-neutral and focus solely on the capabilities of individuals.
My role as regional head at India's leading logistics company Freight Wings aligns with my passion for growth and empowerment of women.
The concept of survival has shifted to thriving in today's world, with a focus on eco-friendly and seamless operations. This has acted as a force multiplier, allowing individuals to prove their worth and exceed expectations even while working remotely. Women can handle dual responsibilities of home management and career advancement with the aid of digitized tools, particularly in the Supply Chain industry, which has moved away from manual systems and cumbersome processes.
In today's rapidly changing world, adaptability is crucial for success. Logistics is a vital aspect of many industries such as retail and e-commerce, making it a promising field with potential for growth and good returns. I highly recommend that women consider logistics as a career option.
Logistics jobs can be challenging but also highly rewarding, particularly when it comes to timely performance and safety. Working in closed-boundary construction sites such as refineries and petrochemical plants can offer attractive financial rewards and learning opportunities for effective logistics management.
It is important for all employees, regardless of gender, to acquire relevant education and skills for the job. Women in logistics should also focus on staying physically and mentally fit, and most importantly, have confidence in their abilities. There are many courses available specifically for the logistics industry and, with the right preparation and mindset, women can excel in this field.
One of the most challenging projects I have been involved in was the mobilization of a 600-ton crawler crane from India to Bangladesh during the pandemic.
Construction activities at the power plant in Bangladesh were in full swing and we were under immense pressure from our international client to execute this assignment, which involved moving 50 trailer loads with 3 ODCs. The lockdown in both the countries presented many administrative challenges and we had to demonstrate extraordinary leadership skills to complete the project without compromising government protocols.
The project was a testament to the importance of logistics in any industry, as it is like the blood in our body. If logistics stops or is choked, it can be detrimental to the industry. It was a reminder for the team and me to keep logistics flowing smoothly to ensure the health and success of the industry.