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Certificate Addresses Staggering Demand for Logistics Workers


Certificate Addresses Staggering Demand for Logistics Workers

Prologis Inc., a San Francisco-based global leader in logistics real estate, recently partnered with the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) to create a new industry certificate that aims to help develop the next generation of talent for the logistics industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, warehouse employment reached the highest level ever recorded with 1.25 million workers in 2020, and the transportation, warehousing and related fields are projected to have 600,000 new openings by 2029.

“The need for skilled logistics workers has never been greater, particularly as warehousing and logistics operators strive to meet demand driven by faster fulfillment and higher inventory levels,” explains Prologis Chief Legal Officer and ESG head Edward S. Nekritz.

Adds ASCM Foundation Vice President Dan Schoenfeld: “There was a skills gap in the supply chain way before COVID-19 was even part of the lexicon. Now the pandemic has further exacerbated the need for upskilling to an unprecedented level. This partnership with Prologis aligns perfectly with our foundation’s mission of creating a better world through the supply chain by attracting more people to the field and preparing them for rewarding career opportunities.”

 As part of the digital learning and development program, which is expected to launch in the third quarter of this year, students will acquire foundational skills, gain an understanding of the logistics sector and, after successfully passing an exam, receive completion certificates, digital badges and credentials for their resumes.

The online courses were developed in collaboration with several Prologis customers including NFI and Geodis. Through its global Community Workforce Initiative (CWI), Prologis has pledged to train 25,000 individuals for jobs in transportation, distribution and logistics by the end of 2025. 


Remote Learning in Business Education: The Need for Innovative Teaching Methods

Remote learning is a situation when education (teaching and learning) takes place at a distance through virtual platforms. Remote learning is also called distance education or virtual instruction. Thousands of students all over the world have been enrolled in online education. After an exceptional situation with the pandemics, these numbers increased and are still increasing.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Remote learning has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are some positive aspects of virtual education.

You save time – During remote education you do not need to go to school or college.

You save money – in many cases, you need to take public transportation or a car to get to your educational institution. You buy tickets or spend money on the fuel of your car.

You can study at the school or college you want – Nowadays, applying to a college in a foreign country is not a luxury but a prerequisite to your success. Remote learning allows you to overcome this challenge.

Some disadvantages of Remote learning are:

Complex technology – Online classes require the presence of quite expensive technology and sometimes payable applications. Connections are not always done through free applications and an effort should be made by the student to have the necessary equipment to connect.

Knowledge of technological tools – A previous knowledge of the use of ITC is required, especially if it is regarding a more specific higher education.

There are more pros and cons to remote learning, nevertheless, our article aims to show how effective remote learning in business education can be and which innovative teaching methods can be included in the process. If you have decided to apply for business education and are looking for professional advice some university admissions consulting experts may offer you a choice between a face-to-face education and remote learning.

The Shift From Traditional to Online

The falling interest of students to attend full-time business education programs made many prestigious institutions consider it a remote teaching possibility. A wide number of online courses were created and offered to the students. The famous learning platform Coursera was created expressly for remote courses. These changes started in 2013-2014, when John Fernandes, the chief executive of the business school accreditation group AACSB, announced the emergency of a cautious assessment.

Wharton, one of the most prestigious US MBA supporters offers more online education courses.

Harvard initiated distance classes and was one of the first ones, as well, to launch business education through the virtual platforms.

Innovative Teaching Methods

The shift from traditional was followed by new teaching methods, very different from the traditional strategies. The whole process from applying to admission interviews have changed their format. University admissions consulting experts bolstered the online preparation of the students. New educational platforms offer new educational abilities and insights.

Innovative teaching methods are essential to make the teaching process more attractive for the students and provide extrinsic motivation. This extrinsic motivation will bring to the intrinsic motivation and the combination of these two will create a boost of an impulse to learn. Remote education is challenging as it requires constant active learning strategies. Computer-based techniques must be extended and updated. The connection between the student and the instructor is the grab of productive learning.

Professor M. Natarajan claims that some useful innovative teaching techniques are: computer-assisted learning (CD-ROMs), web-based learning, virtual laboratories, case studies, group discussion, brainstorming, audiovisual presentation, assignments, seminars, quiz and assigning project works.

Online Business Education Teaching Techniques

Flipped Classroom – FC is a type of blended learning when a student has a task to do at home and then applies it to real-life situations or problems during class time. This technique makes students work independently using the previous knowledge given by the instructor during the class.

Business Simulation Games – This is a technique to increase learners’ capacity of reacting and solving a problem, it shapes the awareness and management abilities of the students. The best business simulation games of 2019-2020 are considered to be Vitronomics, Two Point Hospital, Mashinky, Job Simulator and more.

Virtual Reality – At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this technique is one of the most popular ones. The VR technique creates an immersive atmosphere, which is one of the essentials for productivity. The Stanford University Graduate School of Business has also included virtual reality in its two online certificate programs. They highly believe that virtual reality boosts students to learn, be engaged, think quickly, and lead the project.

Online Experiential Learning – Undrahbuyan Baasanjav from the Philadelphia University claims about the effectiveness of including experiential learning in remote teaching. This technique helps to strengthen students’ practical and professional skills and combine these abilities. This technique will also stimulate students’ ability to manage their remote teams once they decide to run a startup business across the globe.

Remote learning in business education is not a plan, it is evidence. More new students join the new online platform to study and master their business management skills. The new teaching techniques are not choices, they are prominences that encourage further achievements of the learner and promote the productivity of remote classes.


Edita Hovhannisyan is an expert in Iranian and English studies. She is a mom of two sons and holds two University degrees. She contributes articles about education, its methodologies and new approaches to more effective learning and progress.


The Acceleration of the e-Learning Industry in Crisis

Well before our world was turned upside down by the Coronavirus, e-Learning was on the rise.

Technology is helping to break the barriers of student-professor and peer to peer interaction. Thus, while online learning was once looked upon as but a potential alternative compared to its brick and mortar counterpart, MBAs and other degrees obtained online from accredited universities now hold just as much weight in the court of public opinion as degrees acquired in the traditional manner. In times of pandemic, the virtualization of education has become vital.

With school closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) having impacted 97% of America’s 56.6 million students and 94% of the 132,000 private and public schools in the U.S, institutions shuttered across the nation, educators, tutors, and nonprofits working in the sector needed to find alternatives to salvage the remainder of the academic year.

Yes, the pivot to virtual learning had to and indeed must remain to be expedited. Yet the infuriating truth is that the majority of schools and communities across the country lack the necessary assets, be it access to modern hardware and software or the connectivity to ensure everyone gets online. In my view, it’s commendable that organizations such as acted pragmatically in this environment, donating 100,000 licenses to their online education-driven programs to schools across the country right at the beginning of state shutdowns. Their extensive online curriculums are capable of many different sites and platforms and no doubt it was imperative that little time was wasted in getting these programs into the hands of those that need it most.

In addition to bringing online or e-Learning to prominence, the Coronavirus crisis will most likely alter the way students are taught in the future. Teachers may use digital resources to maximize the minimal amount of contact time they have with their students. Education can be personalized to befit the student, rather than a rather antiquated ‘one size fits all’ approach seen in years past. Perhaps lectures can be recorded and assigned for homework so that more class time can be dedicated to analysis or insightful discussion. A ‘hybrid’ style of teaching may emerge, in which digital learning is interwoven into the everyday fabric of formal education.

Ultimately, digital learning should be viewed as a tool that can democratize education in the US (rural, urban) and globally, perhaps quelling the brain drain drawing away emerging market nations’ brightest and best. e-Learning platforms can also fill the void often left by school systems that have had to abandon essential subject departments because they lack adequate funding.

Additionally, a strong e-Learning platform with quality teachers at the helm means that anyone with access can absorb high-caliber instruction, no matter the standard of teaching, curriculum, or the reputation of the school district. Indeed the same knowledge can be attained by students from low per capita areas as those attending the nation’s most prestigious (and most expensive) schools.

There are no doubt challenges associated with e-Learning. First and foremost, it’s about making sure that every student in need has a device from which they can gain entry to their lessons. Then it’s about connectivity, especially tough during a time when paying for the internet may understandably not be a high priority. Finally, what mechanisms do we put in place to make sure our kids ‘show up’ to their computers and hold themselves accountable?

Despite these challenges, there is a real opportunity for schools and families to take advantage of the many online learning tools today readily at their disposal.

This revolution was slowly happening; Covid-19 kicked it into warp speed. Those who adjust will see benefits lasting well into the future; those who don’t adapt will be left well behind.

Either way, the train has left the station and is picking up considerable speed. It’s time to log on.


Marc Serber is a former broadcaster and an alumnus from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Serber is currently a freelance writer on international policy.