Ingram Expecting Big Holiday Season

Distributor hiring 3,000 temporary workers at seven locations to meet demand.

November 23, 2010

D.H. Kass

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Ingram Micro Inc. said that it expects to ship more than six million products each week during the height of the holiday season, a 50 percent jump over last year.

The distributor said that it plans to hire as many as 3,000 temporary, seasonal workers—typically employed from the end of October through December--at seven of its logistics centers to meet the expected high volume of shipments.

Officials said that the company anticipates hiring 1,350 temporary workers at its distribution center in Jonestown, PA, 600 at Mira Loma, CA, 470 at Carol Stream, IL, and another 350 at two other U.S. locations. In addition, the distributor expects to hire about 200 temporary workers at its two Canadian facilities.

Ingram said that product shipments in November and December typically exceed totals achieved during the same period in the prior year. During the peak holiday season last year Ingram averaged some 6.3 million units shipped a week at its North American facilities.

The distributor said that it expects on November 27th, the day after Black Friday--commonly its busiest day of the year--to ship about 400,000 orders, a 60 percent jump from its single-day record set last year, according to Terry Tysseland, Ingram Micro senior vice president, operations and supply chain, North America.

"Both e-tailers and consumers want to know that the purchased goods will arrive in time for the holidays, making on-time and accurate shipping key," said Tysseland.

"With a 99.9 percent shipping accuracy record, we're able to meet demand with teams made up of both seasoned full-time and skilled short-term associates who excel at challenges, are focused at the task at hand and work as one," he said.

The distributor said that popular items it will ship this year include toys and consumer electronics such as HDTVs, laptops and desktops, tablet PCs and e-book readers, computer peripherals, GPS devices, audio and video, cameras, camcorders, digital frames and video games.

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