If you haven’t started preparing for the 2021 holiday season — whether you’re a shipper, carrier or even a shopper looking to place a few gifts in the hands of loved ones — you’re already behind.
Major retailers have already started staffing up to the extent to which they can, with a big emphasis on transportation, supply chain and distribution. For example, Walmart in August started a push to hire 20,000 seasonal workers devoted to supply chain and transportation (that’s in addition to the tens of thousands of seasonal workers it adds annually to work inside its stores). Dollar General will continue with its hiring efforts after adding 50,000 new employees since mid-July, and is offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus for truck drivers joining their private fleet. The U.S. Postal Service is planning to hire more than 40,000 workers this holiday season. There are plenty more examples to point to, but I’m sure you get the idea.