Staffing up for a company’s peak period now takes months of planning, relationship building and communication with candidates. In a market controlled by job seekers, manufacturers need to go beyond age-old recruiting strategies to attract and retain quality talent.
Get the information you need to ensure your company is getting the most out of contracting with vendors with service-level agreements.
Because June is National Safety Month, Staff Management | SMX thought examining the history of industrial safety in the United States and Canada would be beneficial. Understanding the development of safety in North American industry provides us with an informed eye on the future.
Low unemployment rates and high competition from other workplaces are two factors that make it pretty challenging to recruit warehouse workers. Follow these tips to recruit new workers for your distribution or fulfillment center.
The geographic concentration of ecommerce warehouses leads to hiring difficulties, but you can solve three key distribution and fulfillment recruiting challenges by employing an outsmart, outstrip and outsource strategy.
New technology can really help you streamline material handling processes in your warehouse or fulfillment center. But don't lose out on the benefits of new applications and machinery because of a poor implementation strategy! Learn the four keys to successful implementation of material handling technology.
Are you tired of the inconveniences that come from juggling several different staffing suppliers at once? What can you expect when you consolidate?
In 2018, employers need to be on the watch for new regulations at the state and local level. How can you respond to the complicated patchwork of legislation? Take a look at our ebook to find out.
Regulations have to keep up with the times, and so do businesses. Companies that are compliant with the latest workforce regulations are in a prime position. Learn about the 2018 compliance landscape from our on-demand webinar!
Check out the January 2018 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
Check out the December 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
Check out the November 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
Check out the September 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
Pop-up fulfillment centers are temporary operations that enable retailers to distribute orders across multiple facilities and move inventory closer to consumers during hectic peak seasons. While they can be advantageous, you'll need a comprehensive recruiting and workforce strategy to effectively run this type of operation.
Check out the September 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
Recently, many apps have emerged that have made it even easier to connect people in this labor market to short-term or shift-by-shift jobs. These companies can now fill their temporary jobs in minutes with the click of a button. But can these apps really replace the services offered by temp agencies and traditional staffing providers?
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When you partner with a staffing firm, it's important that you're both on the same page. What really makes staffing services stand out? Find out how Staff Management | SMX drives client satisfaction.
A recent report found that companies believe goal alignment with their talent solution provider is good at first, but goes downhill as the relationship progresses. If you're looking for a new staffing partner, here are three things they should offer to ensure ongoing performance success and alignment with your business objectives.
When you think about the costs of overtime, you probably think about up-front payroll expenses. But do you think about the long-term costs too? How does overtime impact your bottom line? We examine the effect that this stopgap solution has on your expenses and what you can do about it.
In a tight labor market, getting the best people for the job is a big enough challenge on its own. But how do you keep them invested in your company? Flexible work arrangements, like alternative scheduling, have long been popular options, but they carry challenges too. Here are our tips for efficiently implementing flexible solutions.
Check out the June 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
A warehouse is layered with multiple responsibilities: ensuring processes are efficient, managing inventory and coordinating logistics and supplying a productive workforce are just a few among many. Without the expertise needed to optimize these processes, you’re at risk for decreased output and rising costs.
New laws at the state and local level have impacted standard pre-employment screening processes in a big way. From time to time, you'll have to update your policies. What practices should you watch out for?
Warehouse rental rates are increasing in prime US markets due to low supply. As ecommerce growth continues to drive demand for space, we offer several tips for optimizing your already established facility to save you the time and money associated with opening additional warehouses.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is being used by large companies to boost warehouse efficiency and reduce operating costs. But this doesn't mean there isn't room for midsize companies. Increased accessibility to technology and small implementation steps are making it easier for smaller companies to leverage the strength of IIoT.
Because of the explosive growth in cross-border ecommerce, companies should begin to strategize the best approach to tap into this growing market of consumers. With the U.S. being one of the largest vendors of products sold across borders, here’s what you need to know to prepare your warehouse for international orders.
Simple scheduling has its appeal, but is it holding your operation back? Our FLEX scheduling uses a flexible job-sharing framework to help you reduce turnover and burnout while increasing fill rates.
If you’re looking to improve workplace safety, or the way you track it, try implementing a safety scorecard within your organization. To get you started, we created a generic template that includes common safety performance metrics that can be easily tailored to fit your specific safety goals.
Shifts in consumer demands and an increase in competition are causing retailers to find their supply chain's health declining. Fortunately, there are strategies to bring life back into your operation.
Industrial robots can increase productivity and the quality of work produced by your operation. However, as these machines become further integrated into business networks, they could be exposed to hackers. How might cybercriminals take advantage of your robots, and what can you do about it?
June is known as National Safety Month, but what does that mean? We're here to teach you about the history of the movement for safe workplaces as well as provide you with tips about how to make safety a core value of your company. Do you know how you stand to benefit from a safety-oriented culture?
Urban warehouses are an innovative way to service heightening customer demands while maintaining a healthy profit. By opening a fulfillment center in a densely populated area, whether in a vacant building or through new construction, retailers gain quick access to a large volume of people.
Artificial Intelligence, more commonly referred to as AI, is a hot topic for warehouse operation leaders. Simply put, AI is a computer system that mimics human intelligence in areas like translation, speech recognition and decision making without the need for much human interaction.
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Staffing programs can be an asset that assists your organization. But how can you and your staffing partner best position yourselves to add value at your organization? Follow these five best practices to enhance your staffing program's ROI.
There are several technologies that every warehouse needs in order to optimize it's operation and function more efficiently. They're typically low cost to implement and can help minimize costly mistakes.
OSHA regularly releases lists of the top ten citations they've delivered in the previous year. Want to know which violations are too common? Find out how you can work proactively to avoid falls, machine-related injuries and other safety hazards in your workplace.
It's a classic business ideal: raise productivity while lowering costs. Automation is one way to pursue this goal, but human workers are still better at many critical tasks for your supply chain. So how can you leverage technology to boost the productivity of human workers in your supply chain? Augmented reality is one option, and there are several different types of solutions available.
Millennials entered the workplace with high expectations and the next cohort, Generation Z, is doing the same. As the oldest members join the workforce with a different professional outlook than their predecessors, companies will need to adapt if they want to attract this young talent.
Warehouse operational costs continue to climb. Productivity issues can escalate due to increased demand. How do you make sure that your warehouse is operating at peak efficiency? One part of the solution could be to outsource parts of your warehouse staffing program to an onsite staffing partner.
Safety in the workplace is important for all businesses, but it can be especially important for companies that use contingent labor. What safety challenges are unique to the contingent workforce world, and how can you make sure that you've found a staffing partner that values safety as much as you do? Find out what your staffing partner should do to ensure compliance.
With a lot of retailers announcing boosts in online orders this past year, it’s difficult to remember ecommerce in its infancy. At its start, most retailers were able to use a tiny section in the corner of their distribution center to fulfill online orders. But the orders quickly outgrew the corner and the growth of ecommerce pushed stores to open fulfillment centers dedicated to picking and packing individual orders.
Subscription boxes are a current phenomenon and their popularity is not slowing down. Many retailers are implementing a subscription-box offering, but there are key differences between a traditional fulfillment center and one optimized for packing curated boxes. Is your fulfillment center ready for subscription boxes?
When it comes to staffing, industry-leading businesses expect to be able to contract workers through a local supplier. But is it enough for your staffing partner to be local? What if they could be hyperlocal?
An efficient supply chain will allow you to meet customer’s quality expectations and fulfill order demands quickly while delivering the most revenue. However, maintaining a balance between these key supply chain constraints – cost, quality and speed – is a difficult task for many operations.
Working with a recruiter can broaden the pool of talent from which hiring managers source candidates. But whenever the search team expands, it's important to verify that everybody's on the same page. To make sure that you're headed for success, share these five key decisions with your talent acquisition partner.
Many businesses choose to outsource their supply chains to leverage the resources and expertise that a third party can provide and to free up time to focus on core business objectives. While outsourcing can provide flexibility and cost savings, it also has its drawbacks. Depending on which growth stage your business is in, it may be beneficial to move your supply chain back in-house.
It used to be necessary for retailers to manage multiple channels, but now consumers want retailers to integrate those channels and provide an omnichannel experience. An omnichannel strategy requires a robust supply chain to be successful and these tips will guide you on how to advance your operations and stay competitive.
Different operations require different contingent workforce strategies. You can choose to go the single-supplier route and partner with one supplier who will take care of all your staffing needs. You can also opt for a multi-supplier strategy that distributes staffing responsibility across multiple suppliers. While both will provide the workers you need to optimize your operation and accommodate fluctuating demand, one may be better suited for your specific operational needs.
Whether you are a seasoned ecommerce veteran or new to navigating the complex world of online retail, constant changes in the economy and growing customer demands can make it difficult to sustain an efficient and cost-effective operation. Etailers are constantly competing to attract loyal customers with new ways to accommodate their expensive expectations. As a result, operational costs are rising and chipping away at profit.
Searching for top talent in today’s competitive recruitment market takes more than an attractive job description and a strong sense of company culture. With unemployment rates near pre-recession numbers, targeting quality job seekers requires an in-depth understanding of your market – an area that many employers often overlook. So, what information do you need to be successful in your search?
Check out the February 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
Today's workforce can include colleagues from as many as five different generations. How can you ensure that positive communication strategies forward cross-generational collaboration inside your organization? We have tips and advice.
Outsourcing your hiring needs can be a great way to free up time and resources for your organization, but what makes for an exceptional third-party recruiter? Look for these key practices.
When you’re looking to source exceptional candidates for specialized positions, you could wind up spending too much time or too many resources that you just don’t have. You might also risk hiring a bad fit. When you already have a lot on your plate, contracting a third-party recruitment agency may be the way to go.
Considering referred candidates for vacant positions can be highly beneficial for your organization. How do you best tap this pool of largely passive talent? Here are some tips and tools for developing an employee referral program at your organization.
Check out the January 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
When it comes to working with a third-party recruiter, your delay or lack of communication can be detrimental to their success in finding you quality candidates. Here are some reasons why.
Check out the December 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
If you’re struggling to attract or retain quality talent, the first factor you should consider is wage rate. Do you know if your offer is competitive in the current marketplace? If your analysis finds it’s not, there are a few changes you can make.
Check out the November 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
Recruiters everywhere are becoming familiar with a new type of candidate in the talent pool. This candidate’s resume may look different than their counterparts. They might place value on aspects of the employment offer that may not have received a lot of attention in years past.
Struggling to determine the number of employees you’ll need to get you through busy season? Or, do you know how many you need but just can’t find them? An understaffed or poorly planned workforce can have a significant impact on productivity and your bottom line. Overtime payroll can increase, employee motivation can decrease and quality may suffer.
Check out the October 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
Staffing isn't easy within the ecommerce space. Make sure your staffing partner can offer your operation these three essential elements.
Check out the September 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
Many organizations have a need for contingent labor, but not all staffing models are created equal. There are a number of different models to choose from and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Choosing the model that is the best fit for you is entirely dependent on your organization's unique needs and goals. It is important to understand where your organization stands on these three points:
The Conference Board’s Leading Economic index for the US rose 0.4% in July to a level of 124.3 (2010 = 100) after rising 0.3% in June. Separately, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that US initial claims for unemployment fell by 4,000 in the week ended Aug. 16 to a level of 262,000. Reuters reports claims fell more than expected last week, reinforcing views of labor market strength that could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates soon.
The rate of layoffs in the U.S. dropped to 1.1% in June, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The report presented an ambiguous picture of the U.S. labor market, highlighting that the rate of hiring has yet to fully recover from the 2007-09 recession.
Check out the August 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
The U.S. four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance fell to 256,500 last week, down 1,000 from the previous week’s average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor. The previous week’s average was revised downward by 250.
TrueBlue Inc. ranked as the largest U.S. industrial staffing firm in terms of industrial temporary staffing revenue, according to Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2016 list of largest U.S. industrial staffing firms. EmployBridge Holding Company and Express Employment Professionals rank second and third, respectively.
High employee turnover rates can increase spend and lower productivity. To improve your cost containment strategy and create sustainable savings, start by using these three tactics to reduce turnover.
According to CareerBuilder’s new mid-year 2016 US job forecast, 32% of hiring managers and human resource professionals plan to hire temporary or contract staff in the second half of 2016, down slightly from the 34% who said the same in a separate survey for the second half of last year.
Hiring a new employee involves a degree of uncertainty and risk. Carrying out this process internally amplifies that risk even more because of the extensive time, money and resources you need to allocate to it. Learn how partnering with a direct hire firm can benefit your organization.
Is there a disconnect between the goals of your safety program and the behaviors of your employees? Try reevaluating how you motivate them! In order for your safety program to work, your employees need to be motivated and committed. Check out this blog for five ways to motivate your employees to follow your safety program
Gather 'round for the match that everyone's been waiting for – the face-off between temp-to-hire and direct hire staffing solutions!
June is National Safety Month and Staff Management | SMX wants to help keep you, your employees and your workplace safe. Check out our infographic, 4 Most Common Safety Incidents in the Workplace, to learn about common safety hazards and the steps you can take to reduce them.
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It’s a job-seeker’s market; we’re all just recruiting talent in it. Or at least we’re trying to, but it isn’t easy. In order to help you quickly find top talent, Staff Management | SMX has identified five simple recruiting tactics to solve some not so simple problems.
Under a new rule, more workers will be automatically eligible for overtime. This rule will add overtime protections to an estimated 4.2 million more Americans and increase wages for workers by $12 billion over the next 10 years.