Warehouse worker shortage reaching critical stage

If you’re a manager in a large warehousing facility, you are probably tossing and turning at night wondering how to fill those vacant positions. Unless you get creative and soon, you may as well give up on sleep altogether.

Stories abound about the hiring difficulties most companies face today. But recent research by Newmark Group Inc., a real estate advisory firm, revealed just how ugly hiring has become for warehouse managers.

Examining unemployment data for 10 major U.S. markets, Newmark reported that, in nine of them, the unemployment rate of former warehouse employees was much higher than the national unemployment rate.

In other words, former warehouse workers are staying on the sidelines – even as demand for more warehouse space is exploding.

Newmark noted that warehouse hiring personnel are targeting former retail workers to fill the void. But that strategy will take precious time to unfold.

Meantime, the stakes keep escalating as brick-and-mortar retailers continue to fall behind online seller Amazon and its ilk. The New York Times reported that Amazon sales surpassed Walmart’s for the 12 months ended June 30, 2021, a first, and a clear sign that online retail sales will only keep growing.

Given this collision course of increased demand for warehouse services and reluctance on the part of warehouse personnel to get back in the harness, managers need to be flexible.

One way to keep material flowing through your facility is to tap into a temporary employment agency like Apprentice Personnel, which specializes in providing managers with experienced warehouse workers. Not only do we manage the paperwork and background review, but we’ll send you the people you need when you need them.

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