The boom in online shopping might be closing the door on many high street retailers, but for warehouses - it's opening the door to a wider pool of talent than ever before.
Tesco’s is the latest in a long list of retailers who are recruiting more warehouse staff and drivers. Creating jobs for 16,000 people.
For retailers who have long struggled with issues around diversity and equality, these latest developments present an opportunity: that in normal times may have taken years to realise. An abundance of retail workers - mostly women - who are facing redundancy. Now available to fulfil the rise in demand for warehouse work which is typically filled by men.
Diverse and Inclusion
With around 7.6 million retail jobs currently at risk in the U.K (consisting mainly of female workers). Warehouse operators do not need to search too far to find new hires. Since retail workers have a strong knowledge of inventory management and are experienced working in a busy environment, hiring former retail workers makes sense. With these changes on the horizon, the warehouse operative of the future will look very different from what it is today.
However, in order to maximise performance, the warehouse environment needs to adapt and cater to a more diverse workforce. This starts by ensuring the team is fully equipped with the right hardware to perform their roles efficiently. Technology is helping to make the process easier with more advanced mobile computing devices. However, with increased usage of these devices, the challenge for warehouse managers is to ensure these tools are operational at all times.
Keeping multiple mobile devices fully charged for example is a major challenge for warehouse managers. Which is why the PE1 Smart Charging Cabinet is proving so popular. This asset provides charging capability for 100s of mobile devices, whilst providing secure storage and tracking of the assets.
Equip your Team
If you’re recruiting more warehouse staff and drivers, make sure you have all the equipment they need to hit the ground running. 51T can connect you to a reseller in our network who can help you identify the right rugged hardware for your business.