Logistics Staffing Is Supporting the E-Commerce Surge

With the e-commerce boom, warehouses are growing in number and need extra warehouse workers. See how a staffing agency can help warehouses with their logistics staffing needs.

In 2020, the U.S. saw five years’ worth of e-commerce growth in one year, according to IBM’s Retail Index. Consumers have turned to online shopping for safety and convenience, and they’re now expecting even shorter delivery times along with a great customer experience. For today’s distribution and fulfillment centers, having the right workforce is crucial to get items delivered on time and keep these customers satisfied. Here’s why partnering with a staffing agency can help them find workers for all their logistics staffing needs.

Expand your warehousing business to new markets

Because of the rise in e-commerce, demand for warehouse space has grown dramatically. Retail experts predict that the country will need as much as 500 million square feet of additional warehouse space in the next two to three years. In order to reduce delivery times, many retailers are now expanding into new locations rather than consolidating inventory in a few central warehouses. Everything from old golf courses to office buildings to shopping malls are being turned into new warehouse spaces.

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Keeping up with this expansion and the continued surge in online sales will mean adding staff. A logistics staffing agency with a broad network can connect your business with associates for all your new locations. If an agency has a local presence as well, they’ll be in a great position to source job candidates in your community, whether your warehouse is located in a city, suburban or rural area. That combination of local relationships and nationwide support can be a great asset for your business.

Find qualified workers for a variety of staffing needs

Several major markets, especially those with strong population growth, now offer ideal conditions for distribution and fulfillment centers. As the supply chain continues to grow in complexity, warehouse workers who can ensure that products are properly loaded and unloaded, verify order accuracy, and manage packaging and shipment of products are crucial. These workers include drivers, shippers, inventory managers, logistics coordinators and more.

While you may know what roles you need to fill and the type of workers who can fill them, finding the time to source good talent is a tough task. Plus, the traditional hiring process often means committing right away to someone who your company doesn’t know well. By partnering with an agency for your logistics staffing needs, you’ll be able to rely on staffing experts who screen candidates and get to know them and their skills before they start working for your business. This gives you confidence in the quality of workers you’ll be getting.

Keep up with seasonal and holiday demand

In the 2020 holiday season, consumers spent $201.32 billion online, up from $138.65 billion the previous year. Other annual retail events like back-to-school season may also create more e-commerce sales activity. Fulfillment centers which pick, pack, and ship orders to customers rely on thousands of extra workers during these major shopping seasons.

With increased competition and rising customer expectations, warehouses need extra staffing help to meet the growing needs of retailers quickly. Having support from a logistics staffing agency helps your warehouse find seasonal or short-term workers to ensure your products get from point A to point B when it matters most to your customers. A staffing agency with the latest tech available can make the process easier, giving you an instant connection to workers even for your next-day needs.

Logistics staffing solutions for you

A staffing agency that understands your industry and can find qualified candidates fast is a great resource as you get ready for the future of e-commerce. If your business is looking to expand into new markets or open new warehouses and distribution centers, PeopleReady can connect you with workers for all your logistics staffing needs. Our mobile app, JobStack, lets you request workers 24/7 from your mobile device.

PeopleReady specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform and 600-plus branch offices across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, PeopleReady served approximately 98,000 businesses and put more than 490,000 people to work in 2020.