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School supplies, shoes, clothing and home decor – Freehold Township resident Blythe Aguayo buys everything online these days.
“I get home from work and my kids will say to me, ‘We need so and so for school on Thursday’ and it’s Monday afternoon,” said Aguayo, a mother of four. “I don’t have time to head to Target and Walmart and the mall to get what I need when I can just find it online, pay for overnight delivery and have exactly what I want, what I need, right away at my door.”
After she clicks buy, a team of machines and workers at warehouses across the nation go into action to fulfill her order, pulling the item off of racks, dropping it in a box and shipping it out. More and more, e-commerce companies are locating those workers here in New Jersey.
The Garden State is on its way to becoming the Warehouse State.
While it’s not secret that the internet has changed the way we shop, it’s changing where we work. It’s transforming New Jersey’s workforce.
Companies, such as retail giant Amazon, are employing thousands of workers, in some cases 24 hours a day, to process and send all those e-commerce orders. One of the biggest warehouses is off Interstate 195 near Allentown. Hundreds of people recently lined up to try to get a job there. Watch the video at the top of this story to learn about the job fair.
More than 450,000 people work in New Jersey’s transportation, logistics and distribution industries, including e-commerce fulfillment centers, estimated Anne Strauss-Wieder, director of freight planning for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
For instance, Amazon has more than 13,000 full-time employees in New Jersey, putting it on a path to become one of the state’s largest employers, said Michele Siekerka, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. More than 4,000 work in Robbinsville now and Amazon is opening warehouses this fall in Edison, Logan and Cranbury, and in Teterboro in 2018.