Introducing Careers on the Move

We believe that there is a tremendous talent gap across the supply chain, one that extends far beyond the driver shortage. There are several reasons as to why this might be. 

  • Graduating college seniors don’t know about the career potential that comes with roles in supply chain management and leadership. Maybe they see trucks on the road, but in general, very few young adults see those trucks and realize “I can have a profound impact on the bottom line for a company, a positive effect on the environment, and can dramatically improve the lives of individuals.” While many engineering students may be a fan of Iron Man, very few of them realize that they could be designing exoskeletons that keep docks workers safe. In short, we as logistics professionals need to paint our industry in a more positive light. 
  • This is particularly true as funding rounds across the supply chain explode, with some of the best-known firms (Sequoia, A16Z, Softbank, Warburg Pincus, etc.) pumping money into the space. As more companies launch, there will be even greater demand for talented developers, data scientists, and engineers. 
  • Furthermore, we’re seeing a movement whereby logistics roles are gaining entrance into the C-Suite. Enterprise shippers are hiring Chief Supply Chain Officers, who are being tasked with responsibilities that combine efficiency and cost savings with corporate social responsibility. It’s no longer just about getting coffee from one place to another as cheaply as possible; it’s imperative to ensure that the coffee comes from farms that treat their workers well. Data science, and yes, blockchain, are gaining acceptance across the supply chain world, and these types of initiatives are attracting the eyes of leaders and board members from many of the biggest companies in the world. 

Today, we’re thrilled to launch our sponsored new series, called Careers on the Move, which is a web video series, podcast, and blog that spotlight individuals and companies doing interesting and cool things across the supply chain. Careers on the Move has three content pillars. Our weekly blog will spotlight a cool startup, as a way to highlight new and interesting tech and approaches. Our podcast will connect with industry experts, discussing their day to day challenges and the work that they’re doing. We think this will help to paint a more realistic picture of what a career in supply chain might look like. Finally, we’re creating a video series that spotlights experienced supply chain professionals… think of it like NPR’s “How I Built This” for careers in logistics. 

Careers on the Move has one very specific goal: in 2021 we want to attract 1,000 new entrants into supply chain roles. 1,000 newcomers won’t eliminate the talent gap we see, but they will start to usher in a new era of importance for the global supply chain. 

Our first guest is Melanie Nuce, who is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for GS1, a standards organization that was behind the UPC code we all know (and those of us who are older, might remember collecting from cereal boxes to send in for some sort of toy). 

Listen to the first episode of Careers on the Move below:


You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts. 

We hope you enjoy the shows.  

Connecting Trucking Companies With PPP Loans

For many small businesses, the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was difficult — less than 6% of the small business owners who applied for a loan received one. Applications for the second round of PPP loans are now open, allowing businesses of all sizes to secure loans that ensure operations remain intact.

What is the PPP?

The Paycheck Protection Program is intended to help small businesses maintain payroll and continue making payroll-related payments. This includes rent, utilities, healthcare, and interest accrued on other debt obligations.

The Small Business Administration expanded the program for this second round of funding. PPP loans are now available to more types of businesses, with greater flexibility for seasonal employees. They can also cover a wider range of expenses.

How Lendio Can Help

In order to help our marketplace trucking companies, we’ve begun working with a financial services technology company named Lendio. We believe Lendio can be a tremendous resource in understanding whether your business is qualified for this program, as well as in helping you actually apply and receive a PPP loan.

During the first round, business owners accessed more than $8 billion in PPP loans through the Lendio marketplace in just 2 months. We hope to see even better results through this second round.

Last month, we rolled out our discounted ID Theft Protection services for drivers. Our agreement with Lendio is simply another way that we’re trying to become more of a resource to the companies that rely on us to keep their wheels turning. 

You can learn more about our program by clicking here.