How staffing agencies support growth in the warehousing industry

April 15, 2021 Casey Nighbor

Last year was a record year for the warehousing industry, with a 6% increase in warehouse starts, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Another 8% increase in starts is expected in 2021. The key factors driving industry growth—most notably the rise in e-commerce—mean that demand for warehouse workers will remain high well into the future.

See how partnering with one of today’s warehouse staffing agencies can help warehouses and distribution centers find the workers they need.

Keep pace with surging business demand

In recent years, retailers, manufacturers, distribution centers and other businesses across the supply chain have had to account for more online sales. According to the U.S. Census, e-commerce today makes up just 12% of retail sales but is growing 15 to 20% every year. E-commerce and consumer expectations for fast delivery have made speed more important than ever.

Being flexible in responding to market demands starts with having a strong workforce in place. But finding top talent fast takes time you may not have right now. Warehousing staffing agencies are in a better position to connect you with local workers in a wide range of warehouse positions such as pickers, packers, stockers, shippers and more. These workers are ready to provide support when you need to staff up for busy seasons and special projects.

Support future business growth opportunities

A survey from Gartner published in December found that 87% of supply chain managers want to build more resilient supply chains within the next two years. But some warehouses may still be caught scrambling to find workers last minute because they don’t have the right skills on hand. Traditional methods, such as placing an advertisement with the local newspaper or an online job board, can produce plenty of potential candidates, but few will be qualified for these jobs.

Warehouse staffing agencies help streamline the recruiting process and provide the best candidates. Partnering with a warehouse staffing agency removes much of the burden of placing help-wanted ads, screening candidates, verifying skills and experience, and more. A staffing agency also takes time to identify the most qualified and reliable workers for your business needs.

Ensure that safety remains a top priority

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there is an injury and illness rate of 5 out of every 100 staff employed in the warehousing industry. Warehouse staffing agencies are able to connect you with candidates who have completed the necessary safety training before their first day at your job site. This training includes a detailed rundown of safety policies and responsibilities as well as incident reporting procedures. Candidates will also be provided PPE before each job assignment so that they are fully prepared for your work environment.

Improve employee well-being and productivity

Members of the blue-collar workforce have a variety of health concerns related to the nature of their work, including fatigue, stress and lack of concentration. Warehouse workers have been at particular risk over the past year due to increased responsibilities and added pressures.

Your warehouse or distribution center can help address these issues by bringing on temp or temp-to-hire workers who can help you build a more resilient workforce. When your full-time employees know that they have extra support, it can enhance their job satisfaction, improve their productivity and reduce employee turnover.

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About Casey: Content marketing manager, frequently reading, aspiring chef, failed plant mom, connoisseur of tater tots, beauty products and airplane food.

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