Gather a group of warehouse managers around a table. If the topic turns to temporary labor services, there will be no shortage of stories. And likely no shortage of cautionary tales. But what if your supplementary staffers arrived, consistently fully versed in industry standard procedures and ready to add value on Day 1?
Fuquay-Varina, NC-based FHI Inc., leading supply chain labor workforce services provider, has introduced FHI NOW, an on-demand labor solution, to help companies address the shortage of qualified supply chain workers. The service provides staffing solutions that augment an existing workforce with personnel based on each customer’s particular needs. The company says it delivers measurable results at a predictable cost while enhancing ergonomics and safety measures.
All FHI NOW associates are trained in ‘The FHI Way,’ which includes a comprehensive range of standard procedures to ensure workplace safety and improved productivity. Because of their experience, the onboarding and learning curve for FHI NOW team members is extremely short, so they are highly productive from day one.
“There are two fundamental components to the FHI Way of training,” Matt Lucey, VP of Operations at FHI NOW, explained to Reusable Packaging News. “The first pertains to efficiency as a means to achieve productivity. We train our Associates how to work smarter, not harder, so they can maximize their impact on an operation. Secondly, we help our teams understand the importance of safety, the impact they can have by setting an example, and how to work efficiently while working safely. This mindset helps deliver desired outcomes to our customers by limiting the impact that unsafe work practices can have on them personally and the operation as a whole.”
FHI NOW is a perfect solution for a company facing a labor crisis or significant seasonal swings in your volume, according to Ryan Wall, CEO of FHI. “FHI NOW is a perfect solution because we provide the trained and reliable workers you need to quickly stabilize the operation and get back to running efficient facilities,” he said. “Our team members are focused on safety and acclimate to client warehouse environments almost immediately, saving you time and money.”
The service is offered for most consumer products supply chains, including grocery, foodservice, apparel, furniture, beverage, healthcare, automotive, construction and manufacturing. FHI has more than 1,600 qualified associates in its network, with expertise in selecting, unloading, loading, receiving, order consolidation, replenishment, put-away, shipping and more.
Each FHI Now Team includes at least ten associates with onsite leaders with warehouse operations and people management experience. FHI can provide 150 associates or more for clients’ locations and has the capacity to deploy teams for several months and even years. FHI has determined that through its experience in the supply chain, having experienced leadership is as essential as an experienced workforce to delivering desired results. This approach dictates that its teams be deployed with an operations manager and a working lead, as well as the team of experienced associates.
“Due to our desire to deliver results to our customers one of those results should always be focused on the ROI of a project,” Lucey continued. “When determining a minimum, we took great care in ascertaining the right balance of associates to leaders to ensure our customers were getting the help they need to achieve results, while also being able to support the leadership costs.”
FHI NOW – Not Temp Labor
FHI NOW is quick to point out that it significantly different than a typical temp labor provider.”What makes us different is that we deploy an experienced, trained, and managed team – we aren’t temp labor, but an experienced and trained team that is more productive than temp workers,” Lucey concluded. “Our FHI NOW associates have an average of 13 months of experience and can be 50% to 75% more productive than new untrained temp workers. So, customers can hire fewer FHI NOW associates to get the job done. Additionally, we dedicate leadership to every assignment. They are on-site and responsible for the team performance, so our customers aren’t burdened by the added responsibility of managing our people.”
To learn more about FHI NOW, visit https://www.fhiworks.com/
About FHI, LLC
FHI, LLC is a leading provider of supply chain labor services specializing in the grocery distribution, manufacturing, CPG and automotive industries. Founded in 1991 and based in Fuquay-Varina, NC, FHI has a long history of helping companies strengthen their supply chains. The company’s services include on-demand labor services through FHI NOW, managed labor services for distribution centers and warehouses, freight brokerage, and full-service warehouse management. FHI has been recognized as one of the “Top 50” leading privately held companies in North Carolina 12 times since 1996. For more information about FHI, LLC and its supply chain labor services, please visit www.fhiworks.com.