The brave new world of click-to-buy brings with it both magic and mystery. No, you don’t have to go to the grocery store; just get your fresh veggies delivered! Yes, you can have exactly what you want — by tomorrow! Checkout lines? What checkout lines?
As the world increasingly turns to the internet to buy everything from tissues to toys to turnips, supply chain processes are taking center stage. In addition to new technology, superior inventory management, and even sophisticated automation solutions, modern warehouses are in dire need of one very crucial commodity — and it isn’t business. It’s talent.
The demand for warehouse workers and drivers is growing daily. In fact, warehouse associates fall among the top ten professions for fast wage growth in the past year, with no signs of slowing.
The Work’s the Thing
The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. warehouses and distribution centers will require an additional 452,000 workers through next year — an impressively steep and unprecedented hiring spike.
Online purchasing streamlines shopping for countless markets. And the resulting warehouse shortages make sense: As shoppers increasingly seek quick and simple digital purchasing options, someone still needs to collect and fulfill orders. The behind-the-scenes work involved in shopping remains, and retailers are upping the ante to get it done.