Logistics Staffing: How a Staffing Agency Prepares Your Warehouse for the Holiday Rush

If your warehouse or distribution center needs workers during the holiday season, here are three ways that a staffing agency can help you with your hiring needs.

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Finding Warehouse Workers in a Time of E-Commerce Growth

U.S. consumers spent $204.5 billion on e-commerce purchases during the 2021 holiday season, according to data from Adobe. Those sales are expected to increase as the 2022 holiday season approaches. With greater customer demands, your warehouse or distribution center will likely need to hire more seasonal employees to ensure productivity. Here are three ways a logistics temp agency can help you with your warehouse and logistics staffing needs this season.

Convenient access to workers at a crucial time

Especially during the holiday season, late or incomplete deliveries can cost retailers in terms of sales and customer loyalty. According to a new survey by e-commerce delivery platform FarEye, 85% of respondents will not shop with a retailer again after having had a poor delivery experience.

However, building the right team takes time and resources, which your warehouse or distribution center might not have during your busy season. When you need temporary and part-time holiday workers, they have to be able to start immediately.

From pickers and packers to shipping and receiving assistants, your warehouse can ramp up production with help from a logistics temp agency. A staffing agency can provide convenient access to different types of holiday workers so you can adjust your staffing needs during peak productivity times.

Additional staffing with experience you can count on

Consumers are expected to start their holiday shopping earlier this year due to the impact of inflation. According to Salesforce research, 37% more shoppers in the U.S. plan to start buying gifts earlier. They are also expected to stagger their purchasing over several months to obtain the needed products while maintaining their budget.

These unpredictable shopping patterns can cause shipping delays, product errors and more. And as warehouses and distribution centers grow more complex, warehouse workers who can keep your operations strong become even more critical.

Having the right skills and balancing labor demand with supply can minimize risk and maximize productivity. Staffing experts from today’s top temporary staffing agencies are well versed in all industry requirements. They assess your candidates’ skills, knowledge and experience as they work through the staffing process. That way, you know you have the best workers when you need them.

Quick support for future efforts at all your locations

In recent years, retailers have lengthened the holiday shopping season to increase sales and account for the interest in online shopping. While the season usually starts on Black Friday, retailers often advertise sales starting in early November or even sooner. That means plenty of opportunities for your warehouse this holiday season and in the future.

From seasonal production increases to rush projects during the holidays, predicting the future staffing levels for your warehouse can be tough. Hire too soon, and you run the risk of going over budget. Hiring too late can delay deliveries, allowing some orders to slip through the cracks.

A logistics temp agency gives you instant access to holiday workers who keep the supply chain flowing smoothly. No matter the need, staffing firms provide access to workers 24/7 so you can respond to last-minute requests or prepare for your expansion efforts. Plus, many of today’s agencies use technology such as online job portals or mobile apps to make the connection easier.

Logistics temp agency services available for you right now

It’s never too early to prepare your warehouse for the future. Whether you need one person or an entire team, additional staffing at one location or multiple locations, PeopleReady is your source for the best candidates.

PeopleReady has a local presence more than 650 communities across the United States, allowing us to localize or widen the scope of your candidate pool as needed. These workers—pickers, packers, loaders/unloaders, forklift operators and more—support every aspect of fulfillment, from shipping to delivery.

Plus, our JobStack app further streamlines the hiring process by providing access to candidates in your area who have the skills and experience you need. JobStack is available 24/7, allowing you to fill sudden vacancies with holiday staff to ensure productivity during the holiday rush.

Need workers for your warehouse or distribution center?

PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company (NYSE: TBI), specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, retail and hospitality. Leveraging its game changing JobStack staffing app and presence in more than 600 markets throughout North America, PeopleReady served approximately 83,000 businesses and put approximately 226,000 people to work in 2022.