July 17, 2024

Tricia Oak

Business & Finance Excellency

Forks, Palmer e-commerce centers hiring more than 4.5K workers for holidays

Forks, Palmer e-commerce centers hiring more than 4.5K workers for holidays

E-commerce provider Radial plans to hire more than 4,500 entry-level workers this holiday season at both its Forks Township and Palmer Township fulfillment centers.

Radial has scheduled a hiring event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday until Dec. 29 at Adecco, 701 W. Broad St., Suite No. 201, in Bethlehem. Workforce provider Adecco is hosting the event to answer questions and help with the application process. Interested job candidates are asked to apply online on Adecco’s Radial career page.

The company plans to hire 4,635 people at facilities at 4200 East Braden Boulevard in Forks Township and 1611 Van Buren Road in Palmer Township. Radial last holiday season was looking to hire 1,000 workers at just the Forks site.

All seasonal workers hired will receive hourly compensation and can collect additional overtime pay. Asked about specific compensation amounts, a Radial spokeswoman told lehighvalleylive.com exact wages for the 2021 season are still being finalized.

“Radial provides a competitive starting salary with the opportunity to earn over $1 more an hour with incentives,” she said.

Most incentives, the spokeswoman added, are an increase to the base hourly rate with additional incentives, including “double time” pay for overtime. A news release did not specify any additional benefits.

Seasonal workers will be responsible in processing online orders with duties ranging from picking and sorting to packing and shipping. Radial recently implemented lighter carts and robotic assistants to work alongside employees. The robotic assistants are designed to lessen the burden of moving products manually throughout the day, company representatives said.

Tools will support multi-language interfaces in English, Spanish, French and Swahili. There’s enhanced fulfillment software applications to improve efficiency, simplify tasks, and reduce steps, according to company representatives.

Sabrina Wnorowski, vice president of human resources for Radial, said the peak holiday season will be a crucial time for clients as demands on e-commerce increase. She called the jobs the company looks to fill essential for the season.

“We are pleased to be able to open so many positions for seasonal employment in the community and look forward to having local talent join our team during such an exciting time of year,” Wnorowski said.

Radial representatives predict based on consumer research 65% of shoppers plan to either increase or spend the same amount on online purchases during the holiday season this year compared to 2020. Radial plans to meet those needs with its 25 fulfillment centers and global fulfillment and transportation network.

Those hired for seasonal work also will have an opportunity to convert to a full-time position after the holidays, the company spokeswoman said.

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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at [email protected].