When Amazon announced last month that its Prime members will soon get one-day shipping, it changed the game for all e-commerce retailers overnight by once again raising customer expectations. Two days? Too long. Next-day delivery is the new normal, and everyone else will be forced to play catch-up.
Amazon is already capable of shipping to more than 70% of the U.S. population within a day, but it still needs to expand its network of fulfillment centers in order to make its promise a reality. And so do its rivals if they want to stay in the game.
Online sales jumped more than 14% in the U.S. last year, topping $500 billion. That continued strength in e-commerce demand has fueled a prolonged hiring spree in the warehousing and storage sector of the economy, with employers adding nearly 70,000 workers over the past 12 months.
Brian Devine, senior vice president of logistics-staffing firm ProLogistix, told the Wall Street Journal he’s seeing “huge growth” for logistics and e-commerce workers in key hubs like Atlanta, Indianapolis, Memphis, and parts of Southern California and New Jersey — but added that there are not enough people available in those markets. “The unemployment rate is so low that it’s difficult for us to fill those positions,” he said.
That’s a common refrain in the world of e-commerce fulfillment: lot’s of jobs, but not enough people to fill them. And yet the orders keep pouring in, which puts a tremendous amount of pressure on existing warehouse staffers who are going above and beyond.
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