'We must sell logistics industry better'-Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne + Nagel executives have called on the logistics industry to do more to attract young people.
A press conference was held to mark the company's 125th anniversary.
A press conference was held to mark the company's 125th anniversary.

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More work must be done to encourage young people to pursue a career in logistics, according to Kuehne + Nagel executives, who last week held a press conference to discuss industry challenges and celebrate the company’s 125th corporate anniversary.

At the event, held on Kuehne + Nagel’s premises at Dubai World Central (DWC) on Wednesday, Peder Winther, president, Kuehne + Nagel Middle East & Africa, said attracting and retaining young people is “crucial work” for all supply chain and logistics companies.

Winther said organisations have to succeed in order to do this, reasoning that “young people want to be on the winning team”.

Considering other factors, he added: “Innovation and entrepreneurship are also important, so you have to give them the freedom to try to be a success.”

Lothat A. Harings, chief HR officer and member of the management board, Kuehne + Nagel International AG, echoed his sentiments.

“Young people need to be given the chance to take on responsibility. This region provides a good context to build up future leaders.”

He also asserted that people embarking on their careers after completing their studies tend to think globally when considering their career path.

Following up on Winther’s comments regarding the best ways to attract a younger generation to the logistics sector, Harings commented: “The industry has to prove to young people that it is the most innovative industry.

“We have to do a better job of selling it [to graduates] and bring the industry into the modern world through the use of multimedia [when trying to recruit].”

He added that enticing GCC-nationals who studied abroad, in countries like the UK, back to the GCC region is important so that countries here can benefit from their knowledge and expertise.Kuehne + Nagel

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