More Women in Logistics

Every year, Logistics Management completes a survey looking at “regional trends and generational demographics” in the industry. This year, there will also be a focus on women in the industry. Women have not always been in the trucking world, but as time has passed and semi trucks have become less intimidating, we are seeing more women behind the wheel. Learn more in the article below.

Preliminary research indicates that the entire logistics industry is on a course of change due to more women entering the workforce.

As Logistics Management provides readers with its 33rd annual “Salary Survey” this month, the focus will again be on regional trends and generational demographics. But the role of women in logistics will also be top of mind.

Preliminary research indicates that the entire logistics industry is on a course of change due to more women entering the workforce.

“When women turn to nontraditional careers, they not only find challenges and opportunities, they find a better salary,” explains Ellen Voie, president and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT). “The Department of Labor identifies nontraditional careers for women as those that include less than 25% of females. However, these women earn better salaries on average than their peers in traditionally female occupations.”

The WIT, adds Voie, aims to change an image many people have regarding careers in transportation. “They see a truck with a diesel engine and smokestacks and a big grill. What they don’t see is a very technologically advanced vehicle that no longer requires as much physical strength to operate, and is as comfortable inside as the family car,” she says.

Prior to founding WIT, Voie held a variety of roles in the transportation industry, most recently as manager of retention and recruiting programs at Schneider, Inc.

According to Voie, it’s about time that shippers and consumers began to realize that that the trucking industry is working hard to provide drivers with a better work life balance. “Ordinary citizens don’t see the connection between that truck and the gallon of milk on their grocery store shelf,” she adds. “Our challenge is to change that perception…and that’s what WIT is doing.”

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for

Logistics Management

and

Supply Chain Management Review

magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at

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Source: http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/top_50_trucking_companies_staffing_changes_in_trucking_sector

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