At iThink Logistics, we are committed to making the logistics industry more inclusive for women. We understand that female employees may face unique challenges in the workplace, and so we have implemented policies like menstrual leave policy and full-body checkups to support them.
The integration of technology in the logistics sector has led to the creation of new job opportunities and changes in existing ones, resulting in a higher representation of women in the industry, with numbers rising from 8-10% to 20-25% in the past decade.
The logistics industry has seen significant growth in recent years, driven by technology and the development of allied industries. However, the sector has traditionally been male dominated, with estimates showing that only 20% of employees are women. But things are changing.
Digitization and mechanization of the industry have created new employment opportunities and transformed existing ones. As a result, the proportion of women in the sector has increased from 8-10% to 20-25% in the last decade. Online retailers are also establishing fulfillment centers, and efforts are being made to increase gender diversity in these sectors.
This year, women make up a third of the workforce in warehouse and distribution centers, an increase from nearly a tenth just a few years ago. On a global scale, the picture is also improving. In 2021, women made up around 41% of workers in the supply chain; however, only 15% of them held high-level corporate positions.
The de-genderization of professions has played a crucial role in enabling more women to excel and advance in their careers.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought challenges to the transportation and logistics industry, but women have risen to the occasion. Historically, women's roles were restricted to packaging and sorting in warehouses and the industry relied heavily on male laborers for lifting and transporting items. Now, they are developing new ideas, leading sustainability initiatives, establishing strong collaborations, and advocating safe workplaces. This has encouraged more young women to enter the sector, which has become a critical service provider. As a result of these efforts, women are now holding senior positions in logistics. They are not only in management positions but also in technical roles such as truck drivers, warehouse managers, and forklift operators. This change in representation is being propelled by government and corporate initiatives that actively promote and support women in taking on leadership roles in traditionally male-dominated professions.
As automation and digital transformation continue to shape the global supply chain landscape, it is important for the industry to be inclusive and diverse.
At iThink Logistics, we are committed to promoting women's inclusion in the logistics industry. We are proud to have women at senior levels in our company and are actively working to hire more women into our teams. We are optimistic that we will achieve a gender balance within our company in the near future.
We understand that women face unique challenges in the workplace, which is why we have implemented policies like a 2-day menstrual leave policy and full-body checkups for our female employees. We want to ensure that our female employees have the support they need to be productive and successful in their roles. This is not only important for the individual women but also for the society, as the success and empowerment of women are directly proportional to the success of society.
The logistics industry offers a wide range of opportunities for those seeking a long-term and fulfilling career.
With a focus on lifelong learning and development, the industry is well-suited for anyone looking to grow and evolve with the field. The industry is rapidly changing, and women are being provided with equal access to the many rewarding positions available, making it an exciting and dynamic field to be a part of. With India's rapid economic development, the logistics sector is set to become even more significant.
Expanding into new regions and markets presents significant challenges for any business, and the logistics industry is no exception.
As we recently attempted to expand our operations, we came to realize that every challenge presents an opportunity to learn and grow. This is particularly true when it comes to the inclusion of women in the logistics industry. One of the biggest challenges we faced was entering a new market and building a team of qualified and diverse individuals. This includes hiring the right people, placing them in the right roles, and utilizing resources effectively.