The search for warehouse talent continues

Improve efficiency to stay competitive.

Improve efficiency to stay competitive.

As we head into the holiday season, there’s a big demand for skilled workers to operate material handling equipment and analyze warehouse inventory levels to ensure operations are moving smoothly. More warehouse operations are attempting to deliver on promises to customers, and skilled workforces can help achieve that.

The Wall Street Journal reports warehouse hiring is expected to grow by nearly 24,000 jobs over the year, making for the biggest expansion in the industry. The biggest drivers of this hiring increase is growth in distribution centers that are looking for more transportation and logistics employees.

In an effort to recruit top talent in a competitive market, the news provider reports that warehouse managers are increasing compensation and offering higher bonuses in an effort to drive hiring.

Hiring has been on the mind of warehouse managers for years, as older skilled workers have moved toward retirement and millennials have shunned the industry in favor of other prospects. This has led to a talent shortage that has been hard to recover from. According to Material Handling and Logistics, companies have been moving their warehouse operations to areas filled with talent in hopes of attracting skilled workers in places they already are.

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