E-Commerce Driving Need for More Warehouse Workers
By Erica E. Phillips | Sept. 4, 2018 6:00 a.m. ET
Demand for warehouse workers is growing faster than the labor supply, and that could drive up costs for fulfillment center operations as digital commerce becomes a bigger force in retail sales.
U.S. warehouses and distribution centers need an additional 452,000 workers in total this year and next, commercial real-estate brokerage CBRE Group Inc. CBRE -1.44% writes in a new report, a steep acceleration from hiring in the sector in recent years.
Finding those workers with unemployment at an 18-year low will be a challenge, and will likely draw workers away from other fields, said Spencer Levy, head of research in the Americas for CBRE. “Everybody is holding their breath because employment statistics are so tight these days,” he said…
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