How to Find and Hire Shippers and Receivers in a Pinch

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By Megan Lacombe

Topics: Hiring Temporary Workers


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How_to_Find_and_Hire_Shippers_and_Receivers_in_a_Pinch.jpgCustomer service is top priority in business. Whether you’re in retail, wholesale, auto manufacturing, or another commercial field, you need to ensure that you can meet customer demand and keep your clients happy and loyal to your company. This means that you need to make sure you can receive inventory in a timely manner and ship out products as quickly as possible. If shipments are delayed, your clients could lose trust in your company. And in turn, you could end up losing out on future business.

When demand fluctuates and you suddenly get a huge influx in orders, you need your warehouse to be as productive and efficient as possible. And you might need to find and hire shippers and receivers in a pinch. After all, you need to be fully staffed with workers who can efficiently assemble containers and crates, pack goods, load and unload trucks, and inspect and verify shipments. The same goes for situations when current shippers and receivers that you depend on to meet demand call in sick, go on leave, or quit without notice—you need to hire new replacements as fast as humanly possible in order to keep up with the orders coming in.

But even under a time crunch, you have to make sure that your replacements know how to operate a forklift, hand truck, or other required equipment, that they know safe storage and handling procedures, and that they understand proper shipping procedures. You can’t just hire random job seekers off of the street. You need qualified and experienced shippers and receivers.

So what’s the best way to find and hire shippers and receivers on short notice? Contact a staffing firm that is dedicated to the warehouse and industrial fields.

Here’s why partnering with a staffing firm is your best option.

Higher Quality Candidates

Finding good warehouse workers is no easy task even when you’re not in a rush to hire. Not only do they have to have the right skills and experience, but they need to have the required soft skills too, like communication, teamwork and collaboration, adaptability, and problem solving. And they need to be able to work hard and be safe at all times. Finding quality candidates with all of these qualities can be difficult—and when you’re in a pinch, it can be even harder. You might end up settling for mediocre or poor workers because you’re desperate, and this hiring decision can do more harm than good to your efficiency and productivity. It can also increase your risks of injury.

A staffing firm, on the other hand, can provide you with higher quality candidates than you’d be able to find through online job boards and your typical hiring process. Its recruiters work diligently day in and day out to search for and recruit shippers and receivers with the exact skills and experience that you need. You won’t have to settle for anything less than what you need.

Fast Hiring        

Because recruiters are always on the lookout for great warehouse workers, they’ll already have a database of quality candidates to call on when you request help in hiring shippers and receivers in a pinch. They don’t start the hiring process from scratch when you call—they just search their already existing candidate pool for the type of workers you need. That means you’ll get your additional warehouse workers in a matter of a few days, or in some cases, a few hours, so you don’t lose out due to reduced productivity.

Multiple Hiring Is No Problem

When you have influxes in business, you might need more than one warehouse worker. You might need to hire several. When you partner with a staffing firm, this isn’t a problem. They have plenty of shippers and receivers to call on, so you’ll be able to hire as many new workers as you need. 

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Megan Lacombe

Megan is a Media Communications professional at Liberty Staffing. She has experience working as a Freelance Writer for a variety of companies online. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, running, and kayaking. An avid reader, she reads anything, anywhere. She puts creativity and passion into everything that she does. Her favourite quote is “Create the things you wish existed” by Anonymous.

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