Jet Freight: Bringing Diverse Perspectives and Contributions Through Women

Air & Ocean, Jet Freight Logistics
“As more women engage in entrepreneurship and startup ventures within logistics and supply chain, the sector stands to benefit from their diverse perspectives and contributions,”

Tasneem H Haji, Area Sales Manager, Air & Ocean, Jet Freight Logistics

Establishing robust networks and mentorship relationships can aid women in navigating challenges.

The role of women in technology and innovation within the logistics sector is poised for positive evolution in the coming years, driven by several key trends and factors. Efforts to create inclusivity are gaining momentum, with companies actively seeking to create environments that attract and retain diverse talent. Encouragement for women to pursue STEM education and careers is growing, aligning with the logistics industry's increasing reliance on technology and automation. This shift opens doors for women with technical skills to contribute to innovative solutions. Establishing robust networks and mentorship relationships can aid women in navigating challenges and accessing valuable guidance as they enter technology and innovation roles within logistics.

Additionally, there is a growing recognition of the unique skills and perspectives women bring to leadership, with qualities like collaboration and communication gaining importance. The logistics and supply chain sector can reap substantial benefits from the increasing participation of women in entrepreneurship and startup ventures. Their unique perspectives and contributions offer valuable insights that can drive innovation and efficiency within the industry.

Establishing robust networks and mentorship relationships

Finding a balance between work and personal life has always been tough for women, not just in logistics but in all fields.

Things are improving now, with more women getting recognized and leading in organizations. For young women stepping into the world of logistics, here's some valuable advice: Focus on building a solid network of contacts in the industry; this can open doors to opportunities and provide support along the way. Invest in education and skill development to stay competitive in this fast-paced field. Confidence and assertiveness are key; believe in yourself and your abilities, and don't be afraid to speak up and take charge. Seeking mentorship from experienced professionals can offer invaluable guidance and insights. Lastly, know your worth, negotiate for what you deserve, and never underestimate the power of self-advocacy in advancing your career.

Achieving pay parity remains a pressing concern in the logistics industry.

To tackle this issue head-on, several strategies are crucial. Conducting thorough research and benchmarking salaries can provide insight into existing disparities and serve as a basis for advocating for equitable compensation. When negotiating job offers, it's essential to ensure fair treatment by advocating for one's worth and not settling for less than deserved.

Encouraging transparent pay practices within companies fosters accountability and helps to eliminate gender-based pay gaps. Moreover, supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives within the logistics sector promotes a culture of fairness and equality, creating an environment where all employees are valued and compensated fairly, regardless of gender. By implementing these measures, the logistics industry can take significant strides towards achieving pay parity and fostering a more equitable workplace for all.

Establishing robust networks and mentorship relationships

Logistics serves as a linchpin for the success of businesses and the Indian economy.

Logistics plays a crucial role in contributing to the overall success of businesses and the economy of India. An efficient and well-integrated logistics ecosystem enhances competitiveness, supports market growth, and fosters economic development by creating jobs and facilitating trade. As India continues to evolve as a major player in the global economy, the role of logistics will remain pivotal in sustaining and accelerating this growth.

Advancements in technology have significantly transformed the logistics sector, leading to improvements in efficiency, accuracy, and overall supply chain management. Here are some keyways technology has impacted logistics: The use of automation and robotics in warehouses and distribution centers has increased efficiency in tasks such as picking, packing, and sorting. This has led to faster order fulfilment and reduced operational costs. Sensors and trackers are increasingly used to monitor and gather real-time data on shipments, inventory, and equipment. Blockchain provides a secure and transparent way to record and track transactions in the supply chain. It enhances traceability, reduces fraud, and improves the overall integrity of the supply chain.

As a logistician, every day is filled with several challenges; a day without challenges is not normal at all. From the first mile to the last mile, we encounter obstacles regularly. The latest challenge we're facing is the Red Sea attack, which has put us at the mercy of the liners, while the shippers rely on us. It's a tough time indeed.

Encouraging and supporting women in logistics requires collaborative efforts from both the industry and government.

By combining efforts at both the industry and government levels, it is possible to create an environment that not only encourages more women to pursue careers in logistics but also supports their growth and success within the industry. This holistic approach can contribute to a more diverse, inclusive, and thriving logistics sector. Here are several ways in which they can contribute to fostering a more inclusive environment:
  • Diversity and Inclusion Programs
  • Equal Opportunity Policies
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Training and Skill Development
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Educational Partnerships
  • Public Awareness Campaigns
  • Access to Funding and Resources
  • Government Procurement Policies
The above is to the best of my knowledge, and I hope it contributes to the emergence of more women in logistics, as I am proud to be recognized for what I do.
LIFTING & SPECIALIZED TRANSPORT, March - April 2024
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