HOLIDAY WORKERS SHORTAGE * USA: Retailers, delivery firms and logistics companies plan to step up recruiting
* New York - Hunt for holiday workers heats up, giving wages a boost
--- Christmas is still more than three months away, but competition for the workers needed to make online holiday orders arrive on time is already heating up... Retailers such as Amazon.com Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., logistics companies and package-delivery giants like United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. are expected to step up recruiting, start hiring earlier than usual and pay more for the extra help they need for the peak shopping season... The scramble for holiday-season logistics workers has been intensifying steadily in recent years, fueled by the growth of online shopping. Industry executives say they expect the nation’s relatively low unemployment rate and rising wages for workers at the bottom of the income ladder to make the temporary jobs even harder to fill... The next year, online orders came in differently than expected and companies were overstaffed and prepared, resulting again in cost overruns. Last year, despite a few hiccups, UPS hit the mark for Christmas week, while retailers complained about delays by rival FedEx...
(Photo by Fred Greaves/REUTERS - Workers prepare orders for customers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif. The growth of online shopping has fueled demand for holiday-season workers and a tightening labor market is increasing the challenge of finding enough of them) -- The WSJ, by LAURA STEVENS and LORETTA CHAO - Sept. 8, 2016
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