Distribution centers across the U.S. are ramping up for the busy holiday season, including France-based GEODIS Inc. The company says it will be hiring more than 500 seasonal workers for its warehouse facilities in the Indianapolis area. GEODIS is third-party logistics provider and provides fulfillment services for other customers.

GEODIS says it needs more than 4,000 workers across the country to bolster its warehousing and distribution centers.

“As our industry continues to face significant ongoing challenges such as labor shortages, skyrocketing e-Commerce demand and global shipping disruptions, we are increasing our workforce to ensure we can successfully navigate today’s supply chain dynamics and support our customers through peak season,” said Mike Honious, GEODIS in Americas president and chief executive officer.

GEODIS says it will hire both seasonal material handlers, which does not require experience. It is also looking for seasoned equipment operators for the peak season.

Market research company eMarketer is forecasting total U.S. peak season e-commerce sales in 2021 will increase 11% over last year.  It says e-commerce will account for nearly 19% of total holiday retails sales.

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