The logistics industry in transition
The former idea that logistics is the exclusive preserve of men is increasingly being refuted. Women are successfully exploring new areas in a traditionally male-dominated sector. This change is an important part of a wider movement for diversity and equality in the workplace.
Until 2019, the logistics industry was largely dominated by men, despite a wide range of career opportunities, according to an analysis by the German Logistics Association (BVL). However, the low presence of women was not due to a lack of opportunities or qualifications, but rather to a lack of role models and the decisive role of corporate culture. The survey results of the analysis showed that some felt that the round-the-clock working pattern often required in logistics was unattractive to women. There were calls for a better work-life balance and a change in working culture. The inclusion of women could have enriched the industry through empathy, communication skills, openness and willingness to learn, as women were and are just as valuable in their qualifications as their male colleagues. However, logistics companies increasingly began to adapt their working conditions to make themselves more attractive to highly qualified professionals and managers, including women.
Initiatives to promote women in the logistics industry and the positive changes in the proportion of women
In the course of this change, many companies have begun to take specific measures to promote women. Talent development programs, special training courses and targeted recruitment are helping to open the doors wide for female specialists. Another approach is mentoring programs that specifically promote women in logistics and pave their way into management positions, because in 2023, the proportion of women in management positions in the logistics sector will still only be 16%. The following measures are crucial to further increasing this proportion:
Reconciling family and career
The compatibility of family and career is a crucial component that enables women to take on management positions. The importance of childcare facilities is particularly emphasized.
Promotion in education and mentoring
In order to increase the proportion of women in male-dominated sectors, targeted support in education is also crucial. Schools and universities should develop programs that get girls and young women interested in technical and logistics professions at an early age. This could be done through workshops, mentoring and targeted information about career opportunities in the logistics industry.
Resilience and perseverance
Women who want to make a career in male-dominated industries need resilience and stamina. They may face prejudice, challenges and possibly even discrimination. It is crucial that they are self-confident, trust in their own abilities and actively contribute their skills.
Responsibility of society
Society as a whole has a responsibility to promote equality in all areas of work. This means that stereotypes and prejudices must be actively challenged and dismantled. At Saloodo!, for example, the proportion of women in general management is 75%. The company is also continuously committed to diversity and equal opportunities for women, e.g. as part of International Women’s Day.
Female skills in logistics
Women have a diverse range of key qualifications that are of crucial importance in the logistics industry. In addition to effective teamwork and consistent goal management, women are characterized by their strong ability to manage conflict efficiently. These skills are not only important for individual success, but also have a significant influence on the collective growth of the industry. The flexibility and service orientation of women in the logistics industry are decisive elements that promote innovative solutions and thus contribute to the competitiveness of companies. In addition, female managers often bring a special perspective to the company, which is characterized by empathy and pragmatic conflict resolution.
Conclusion: An industry in transition
The logistics industry is entering an era of diversity and equality. Women are playing a crucial role in this change and are making a significant contribution to the further development of the sector. With the right measures, women can not only gain a foothold, but also reach management positions and thus play a key role in shaping the future of the industry. It is time to work together to break the myth of the male domain and create a successful future for everyone.