Future of women in logistics sector

The industry is still largely male-dominated and more needs to be done to reduce the large disparity between men and women

By NUR HANANI AZMAN / Pic source Ninja Van FB pag

MALAYSIAN women make up 33% of positions in senior management teams within companies, however, the same cannot be said for the supply chain and logistics sector as it is still a male-dominated industry.

There is also the perception that the industry is made only for men with all the moving and lifting involved.

Ninja Van Malaysia CEO Adzim Halim believed that the logistics industry as a whole should learn from other sectors and do more to advance gender diversity and inclusion to ensure equal work opportunity.

“At Ninja Van, we implement a gender-neutral recruitment process and promote a culture of meritocracy to ensure we continuously drive equality and inclusivity in the workplace.

“Inclusivity is very important to us, not just in terms of gender but also in racial, educational and cultural backgrounds,” he told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).

To date, over 15% of Ninja Van Malaysia’s workforce are female in both the management and operations teams.

“We understand the logistics industry is still largely male-dominated and more needs to be done to reduce the large disparity between men and women.

“As such, we are committed to continue pushing for diversity at Ninja Van and will prioritise equal opportunity employment,” Adzim added.

In celebration of International Women’s Day today, Ninja Van’s women employees shared with TMR their experiences.

Driver Gabriella Joachim said the future looks great with the booming online shopping trend and working as a driver gives her flexible working hours.

Before joining the industry four years ago, Joachim was a full-time housewife.

“One of the biggest challenges we face in this industry is the high volumes of parcels and when the Movement Control Order was implemented, the spike was almost overwhelming and we have been very busy ever since.

“As such, it has been a taxing time for us but it helps to work with a supportive and great team,” she told TMR.

For Joachim, International Women’s Day is all about appreciating and acknowledging women’s contribution to society and their accomplishments.

Meanwhile, Ninja Van senior team sort lead Nurazlin Sulaiman never thought she would end up in the logistics industry until she took a class on logistics during diploma.

“My lecturer exposed me to the fascinating and interesting world of logistics and I was excited to be able to experience it upon applying for an internship with Ninja Van.

“Logistics is often seen as an industry suited for men due to all the heavy lifting and moving involved, but there is more to the industry than that. I believe there is more being done now to break down barriers for women in the workforce.

“There is nothing that us women cannot do,” she told TMR.

Nurazlin said International Women’s Day is all about celebrating female power and shining a spotlight on inspirational women.

“I believe women who support other women will always be successful,” she added.

Ninja Van fleet manager Syahida Kadir chose to venture into the logistics industry upon graduation and discovered what a diverse industry it was.

“At first, many people were sceptical towards my ability as a female to work in this industry.

“But it has been heartening to see that over the years, people have become a lot more forward-thinking and open-minded about involving women in the workforce,” she told TMR.

She admitted that working in the operations side could be challenging as it is male-dominated.

“Furthermore, this job may also be physically taxing — with the warehousing materials and managing heavy parcels — so we need to shape up and prove that women can also excel here.

“International Women’s Day to me is all about recognising and praising women around the world for their achievements and contributions to society,” she said.