Who Will Power the Supply Chain of the Future?

by Adam Felts

AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin writes on how his experience at a local tire shop echoes broader issues of shortfalls in the transportation labor force:

While many industries are confronting a labor crunch, transportation’s talent supply chain is facing a triple threat of labor shortages that begin with recruitment and retention challenges, compounded by an imminent retirement wave, and coupled with a coming technology transition ...

The shortage of longshoremen and drivers has made the endless line of waiting ships off the coast of Long Beach, California iconic. And, just as $1 trillion of federal spending to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure is set, there is a shortage of construction workers to repair crumbling roads, ports, and rails. According to an analysis by the Associated Builders and Contractors, there were 396,000 open construction jobs in March 2022 — a full 60,000 more than the year before.

Read Dr. Coughlin's thoughts in full on MarketWatch.

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Adam Felts

Adam Felts is a researcher and writer at the MIT AgeLab. Currently he is involved in research on the experiences of family caregivers and the future of financial advice. He also manages the AgeLab blog and newsletter. He received his Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University in 2014 and his Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University in 2019.

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