What benefits do you get when you go to work for a Warehousing Company?
Many years ago, I managed a small warehouse for a retailer. It was what you might expect, concrete floors, shelves upon shelves upon shelves, poor lighting, a large overhead door to accommodate shipments and tools of the trade like a forklift, dollies, pallets etc. We also had one coffee pot where everyone came to hang around and smoke during their breaks. This was the 1970’s. Industrial is the term that comes to mind.
I was reading an article in today’s Wall Street Journal by Liz Young Titled “Warehouses Add Perks to Attract Employees.” The article speaks to the fact that the warehouse business is booming. However, getting employees to manage the increased traffic is difficult. So, we are now seeing an evolution to a better work environment through the addition of fitness centers, outdoor work areas and better lighting to attract workers. I must admit that I was so tired at the end of every day all those years ago that a fitness center might have looked nice but ouch my aching back. A nice snack bar that is refreshed daily with fresh food offerings at reduced costs might be a better alternative. At any rate 3PL companies as well as companies that own their own distribution facilities are trying hard to make life better for their workers. So, what is a 3PL?
A Third-Party Logistics Provider (3PL) is an organization that manages and executes a particular logistics function, utilizing its own assets and resources, on behalf of another company. They may manage part or all of their Supply Chain Management functions. 3PL typically manages integrated operation, warehouse management and transportation services. Some of these services include warehousing and distribution operations, contract warehousing, public warehousing, fulfillment, and truck transportation services.
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Sources: Wall Street Journal 10/13/22 Liz Young