Cambashi Report Measures Change in Global Makeup of Supply Chain Professionals

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Cambashi, a leading global industry analyst and market consulting firm, recently announced the latest addition to their market data resource as the Cambashi Employment Observatory 2014. This data set quantifies the occupations represented in different industries across more than fifty countries worldwide. 

“Understanding the professional backgrounds and the mix of potential users within an industry supports decision making on several levels, from overall market potential for market planning purposes to the use of the most appropriate approaches to use in sales and marketing engagements with key users, through to even identifying adjacent occupations being addressed by product variants,” says Tony Christian, Cambashi Director. 

In an interview with SCMR, he says there are some interesting differences on one hand - and similarities on the other - between the “developed” North America (US and Canada) and the “developing” South America (including Mexico) that, when viewed together, show the importance of supply chain and logistics management in both regions.

“In North America approximately 10.8% of the overall workforce is classified as ‘managers’ and of that 10.8%, 2% are classified as managers in the field of supply chain and logistics,” says Christian. “In contrast, in South America, only about 4.4% of the workforce is classified as managers, which might be expected given the higher focus on ‘doing’ industries as opposed to ‘knowing’ industries.”

However, adds Christian, of the 4.4% of the workforce classified as managers, some 5.3% are classified as managers in the field of supply chain and logistics, reflecting the greater involvement in moving physical products and materials.

“It also means that, despite the different shapes of the developed and developing economies, about the same proportion of the overall workforce (around 0.2%) is engaged in management of supply chain and logistics.”


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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 [email protected]

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