Hiring Surges as Logistics Firms Head Into the Holidays
By Jennifer Smith | Dec. 8, 2017 1:54 p.m. ET
Logistics companies went on a hiring spree in November to handle the holiday surge in online shopping, adding thousands of jobs picking items off shelves in warehouses and delivering packages to customers’ homes.
The warehousing and storage sector, which includes the fulfillment centers where workers pick, pack and ship e-commerce orders, added 8,100 jobs in November, the most the sector has added in a single month since December 2015, the Labor Department reported Friday.
November marked the eighth straight month of expansion in a sector that has boomed as more people buy goods from e-commerce giants such as Amazon.com Inc. On Cyber Monday this year, shoppers spent $6.59 billion online, nearly a billion dollars more than last year, making it the biggest online shopping day yet, according to software company Adobe Systems Inc.
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