Week of September 20th, 2021
Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance
In preparation for a busy holiday shopping season, retailers and carriers are working hard to fill open jobs across the supply chain.
Let’s examine some recent industry news.
SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS
- Retail Hiring Amps Up on Hopes of Big Holiday Season Sales: To keep pace with any unprecedented increase in demand, retailers are unveiling hiring plans for the holiday season.
- Amazon Creates 125,000 More Fulfillment and Transportation Jobs: Amazon is adding 125,000 new warehouse and transportation jobs as it seeks to staff up the 350 fulfillment centers, sortation centers, regional air hubs and delivery stations it has opened this year.
- Walmart is Looking to Hire 20,000 Supply Chain Workers: Walmart is looking to hire 20,000 workers for its distribution and fulfillment centers, trying to fill some of the most high-demand jobs in retail as the pandemic continues to disrupt the global supply chain.
- UPS to Hire More Than 100K Seasonal Workers for Peak: UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees for the upcoming peak holiday shipping season, roughly the same number that it hired during the 2020 peak season.
- FedEx Organizes “National Hiring Day” Events Across the U.S.: FedEx is increasing the power of its nationwide workforce in preparation for another busy holiday season by hosting both in-person and virtual hiring events across the country.
- Seasonal Hiring Outlook Finds Employers Focused on Finding Permanent Workers: According to the 2021 Seasonal Retail Hiring Outlook report, retailers and other seasonal employers find themselves in the midst of a difficult labor shortage, raising wages and offering previously unheard-of benefits to attract applicants.
- Training matters. For many companies, hazmat training is the single (and only available) resource for building and maintaining compliance. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the training to effectively achieve some critical tasks. Unfortunately, for many organizations, their DG training is insufficient and ineffective – putting them at risk of serious operational, financial and environmental ramifications as a result.
- Training seasonal employees cannot be overlooked. Hiring part-time, seasonal workers is one challenge, but ensuring they’re properly trained and prepared to comply with DG shipping regulations is another. In many cases, seasonal workers are not fully trained and are unaware that they’re shipping hazmat with additional packaging, labeling and transport requirements. Failure to train employees and put appropriate procedures in place can subject companies to the threat of penalties, lawsuits, employee injury and shipping delays.
- Training programs must evolve. Organizations must continue to adapt their training progress to keep pace with the changing business environment – a fact spotlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online eLearning can provide cost-effective remote DG training that is engaging and can be tailored to the specific roles of the employees being trained. This approach can positively impact operations and ensure employees (even part-time or seasonal workers) are properly trained and ready to comply with hazmat shipping rules.
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