Columbus Chamber Logistics Survey Found 85% of Regional Logistics Companies Plan to Hire Additional Logistics Positions in 2011

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Columbus Chamber’s Columbus Regional Logistics Council conducted survey in preparation for March 22, 2011 job fair.

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The need to move goods from one place to another, and to support the management and back-end technology of those processes, will not disappear. We are anticipating job growth that coincides with that demand.

The employment outlook is positive for the logistics industry in central Ohio, according to a recent survey conducted by the Columbus Chamber’s Columbus Region Logistics Council (CRLC). Eighty-five percent of the companies surveyed plan to hire additional logistics positions in 2011, and more than half view the creation of additional job functions as the industry’s primary growth opportunity over the next five years.

“Ongoing infrastructure improvements like the Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal and a strong regional economy are helping to create additional jobs in the logistics sector, which is already a major workforce and economic driver in central Ohio,” said Daniel Ricciardi, executive director, CRLC. “The need to move goods from one place to another, and to support the management and back-end technology of those processes, will not disappear. We are anticipating job growth that coincides with that demand.”

Key findings of the recent survey included:

  • Eighty-five percent of companies surveyed plan to hire logistics-related staff in 2011. More than 80 percent plan to add between 10 and 50 employees.
  • Respondents identified various job functions – including operations management, transportation, warehousing/materials handling, business development/sales and technology – as workforce priorities over the next year.
  • Creation of additional job functions and on-the-job training opportunities were cited by more than half of respondents as the primary growth opportunities for logistics professionals over the next five years.
  • More than half of companies said the region’s strong customer base has most positively impacted logistics growth in central Ohio. Twenty-seven percent pinpointed the region’s recovering economy.

The CRLC conducted the survey in advance of its spring job fair, scheduled for 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Ave. More than 35 companies – including Cardinal Health, Limited Brands and McGraw-Hill – will be on hand to talk with potential candidates about entry-level to mid-management/leadership opportunities in areas including operations management, facilities management and maintenance, business development and customer service. Admission is free for job seekers.

For more information on the job fair, visit http://www.columbus.org/member-center/events/?id=206.

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