Report: Competition and Costs to Find Warehouse Workers Near All-Time High

Wonolo, the leading online platform disrupting the temporary staffing industry, today released a report detailing the dramatic shifts affecting warehouse workers and companies across the e-commerce landscape.

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The report – Why Competition for Warehouse Workers is Fierce – was created in partnership with, a leading job site and one of the largest talent sources worldwide, and Joveo, the global leader in programmatic job advertising.

Online staffing firm Wonolo releases report showing the cost to find warehouse workers jumped 600% across 2020.

“Competition for warehouse workers during the pandemic has been the most we’ve ever seen in Wonolo’s six-year history and shows no signs of slowing down,” said Monica Plaza, Wonolo’s Vice President of Strategy.  “Companies looking to attract frontline workers will need to be innovative–from increasing pay, to leveraging technology solutions that help connect available workers to local jobs. The data tells us 2021 will be the year that companies will need to shift how they look for and retain warehouse workers.”

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“‘Warehouse workers’ has always been a competitive category during a traditional retail season, but due to the Pandemic we saw the largest spike of competition start in April and has continued into 2021,” said Cindy Klein,’s Senior Vice President of Sales US.

“Businesses looking to hire warehouse workers in 2021 must explore more creative and cost-effective strategies to target and attract the most relevant talent,” said Jennifer Terry-Tharp, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Joveo. “They must be better prepared to leverage data to optimize their talent sourcing funnels, create compelling offers, and transform their recruitment processes with new age technologies like programmatic job advertising.”

Key takeaways from the report:

  • The cost to find warehouse workers jumped about 400% during the holiday shopping season and about 600% across 2020
  • From the beginning of 2020 through the summer, the number of open warehouse positions grew by almost 167%

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