Analytics skills in demand in logistics

A recent survey of requests for consultant skills in Australia found that the three top in-demand skills for the logistics and supply chain industry in 2017 are supply chain management, business analytics and process improvement.
The research, carried out by online consultant marketplace Expert360, analysed over project postings since 1 January 2017 from Australian corporates with more than $500 million in annual revenue.
“The current most in-demand skills include project management, process improvement, data science & analysis, financial modelling and business transformation,” said Bridget Loudon, CEO, Expert360.
“A big trend we’re seeing…is growing demand for data and analysis skills. Businesses are still grappling with how they can best store and use data to better improve a range of business functions, including internal processes, the customer experience and their go to market strategy. As a result, there is high demand for data and analytics consultants in Australia’s biggest companies across a wide range of industries from aviation to telcos.”
“Process improvement is also a key focus for many of Australia’s biggest enterprises across the banking, healthcare, logistics & supply chain, government and the consumer goods sector. As better business processes help boost customer satisfaction and revenue growth, businesses are turning to Expert360 to engage experienced consultants as a way of topping-up their workforce and driving change.”

Amazon planning ‘thousands of new jobs’ in Australia move

Amazon has broken its silence over an impending move to Australian shores, which is expected to shake up competition among domestic retailers.

The e-commerce giant has confirmed it is searching for a “large distribution and fulfilment centre” in Australia with the introduction of services including Amazon MarketPlace, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh on the cards.

“Amazon Web Services launched an Australian region in 2012, we launched a Kindle Store on Amazon.com.au in 2013, and we now have almost 1,000 employees in the country,” Amazon said.

A recently added banner of Amazon's .com.au domain.
A recently added banner of Amazon’s .com.au domain.

“The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia, and we are making those plans now.

“We are excited to bring thousands of new jobs to Australia, millions of dollars in additional investment, and to empower small Australian businesses through Amazon Marketplace.”

According to a report in the AFR, more than 1,000 Australian companies already sell their wares on Marketplace, which “gives them access to customers in Australia and overseas.”

“We are optimistic that by focusing on the things we believe customers value most – low prices, vast selection, and fast delivery – over time we’ll earn the business of Australian customers,” Amazon’s statement added.

A former worker for Amazon previously confirmed that the company’s rumoured Australia ambitions were well founded, though this is the first time the e-commerce giant has acknowledged the plans.

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