Now hiring: Zingerman's seeks more than 200 seasonal workers
Zingerman's says it plans to hire more than 200 seasonal workers for its mail order division as the gourmet foods conglomerate aims for a slight improvement in year-over-year holiday sales.Â
The company is planning to hire about 190 workers to fill warehouse shipping positions as well as 30 customer-service representatives in product receiving and order fulfillment, said Tracie Wolfe, who works in Zingerman's human resources department.
"Our sales projections for the entire year are right around $34 million (that's for all 8 Zingerman's businesses) and that represents a small increase over where we ended last year," Zingerman's spokesman Pete Sickman-Garner said in an e-mail. The company began its most recent fiscal year Aug. 1.
"Speaking specifically of the holidays, the months ofÂ November and December are crucial for us and right now we're cautiouslyÂ optimistic that we will end this period right on plan and are forecasting thatÂ we'll hit plan for the end of the year."
The Zingerman's hiring total is the most among local retailers seeking temporary help during the holidays, according to a recent report on AnnArbor.com. Retailers across the state are bracing for a flat sales season.
Â The seasonal positions will run from November through Dec.Â 23 or earlier, Wolfe said.
A job fair for customer service positions was held Sunday. Read more about the positions, which pay $9 per hour,Â here.Â
The warehouse positions, which pay $8.25 an hour, involve assembling phone and Internet orders into gift baskets and boxes for shipment. Successful applicants should have an appreciation and enthusiasm for good food, be detail-oriented, comfortable standing on their feet for up to 10 hours at a time, and be able to lift loads of 20 pounds repeatedly.
To apply, candidates must attend a job fair from 3-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, also at the warehouse location.
The company also is hiring for permanent positions at its flagship deli and Roadhouse eatery. Visit the Zingerman's jobs page here.