Will an overstretched, understaffed supply chain affect your summer fun?

July 13, 2021 Brad Perkins

Supply Chain Jobs Report: Will An Overstretched, Understaffed Supply Chain Affect Your Summer Fun?

Increased Consumer Product Demand Means Many Summer Job Openings, But Hiring Troubles Could Mean Production Delays

Summer has not turned down the heat on e-commerce. But while the economy continues to open up, people begin to travel and consumer spending increases, the supply chain continues to be overstretched, which staffing firms Staff Management | SMX and SIMOS Solutions say could lead to production and distribution delays.

With unemployment rates returning to pre-pandemic levels, many manufacturers continue to have issues hiring workers – nearly 4 in 5 according to the firms’ Peak Season Hiring Survey -- and almost half struggle to retain workers.

But in this challenging hiring market, demand for consumer products and food products continuing to rise and companies are looking for workers in these top supply chain jobs:

  • Food Production, Quality Control and Packaging Associates
  • Automobile Assembly Line and Production Workers
  • Air Cargo, Mail Distribution and Airline Catering Workers
  • Returns, Packing and Sorting Workers
  • Logistics, Distribution and Drivers
  • Materials Handling and Distribution Associates
  • Customer Service Associates
  • Forklift Operators and Shipping/Receiving Associates

Using analysis from their award-winning Stafftrack® tool, which tracks job openings across the country, the firms identified jobs that reflect the continued expansion of the supply chain. These jobs reflect a need for workers to make sure that products are produced, packaged, shipped and delivered on-time and accurately:

Fewer workers mean lowered production of key goods and products. That’s why more companies are looking to temporary workers to maintain customer satisfaction across both ends of the supply chain. These jobs can , while taking some of the pressure off the strained supply chain.

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