Micaela Bulich, Operating Advisor to CD&R Funds, addressed the Reuters’ 2022 Supply Chain Execution Europe event, discussing how companies must transform to ensure employee retention in the face of rising labor shortages across the logistics industry.
“Low unemployment rates have created a situation where people feel confident that they have more choice and can focus on pursuing jobs that are more fulfilling and have better work-family balance,” Ms. Bulich suggested. “We must critically examine the offerings we have for our employees to ensure we are addressing their needs and creating an environment that they want to come to, ones that we’d be proud to have our own families work in.”
“With supply chain, whether we’re making sausage casings, repairing windows or selling bananas, the fundamentals of plan, source, make, deliver are the same,” Ms. Bulich stated. “These best practices should remain consistent despite labor challenges.”
Ms. Bulich was engaged as an Operating Advisor to CD&R’s funds in 2018, with more than 30 years’ experience as a strategy and execution leader of supply chains. She served in several roles at GE, most recently as Vice President of global supply chain for GE Renewable Energy’s $8 billion onshore wind business, where her responsibilities included supply chain strategy, sourcing, planning, manufacturing, logistics, and safety. Prior to GE, she spent ten years at DuPont in supply chain and engineering roles.
The remarks were part of a panel discussion moderated by Alexander Nowroth, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Lebenswerk Consulting, and featuring insights from Mark Baxa, President & CEO of CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals), Luisa Emmelmann, Senior Project Manager of Culture Change and Logistics at Otto Group, and Jesper Scherpenhuijsen, Consultant Sales Engineer at Kofax.
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