Monday, January 15, 2007

New Guelph Warehouse, Hiring and Summer Jobs

A friend emailed to say I must be busy because I have not posted for a week. True.

While I was in Las Vegas at the CES show, the big news broke that SYNNEX is buying the Imperial Tobacco building on Woodlawn Rd. in Guelph. This building is huge and perfect. It has excellent security already in place (cigarettes are worth as much as computers). At 620,000 square ft on 30 acres, it will serve our needs for many years to come. It is very well maintained (There is still a lot of money in cigarettes)

We are moving our exisiting Guelph staff and returns warehouse as well as our Toronto warehouse into this new space. We will keep a Toronto customer pickup location at our Ronson office which is likely more convenient for most customers anyways.

This made big press in the local Guelph papers and even CKCO.

Our challenge will be to find hundreds of people to work in that warehouse. We need to hire, train, move etc. Some nervousness in making this a smooth transition. We are going to hire 100 summer students to help. We will have many good clean part time positions in the fall as well so students will like the summer jobs because they can continue through the winter. This is going to be a case of short term pain for long term gain. The transition does not add value to our suppliers and customers but when we are done, they will appreciate our expansion capability and low overhead.

This is not all a good news story though. I have over 100 good people in the Toronto warehouse that will not want to move. So I have a to tap my network to find them suitable jobs elsewhere.

Off to brave the nasty weather. Work out then work.


At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely a major expansion. I've see the building you are moving too -- pretty impressive. Just curious -- since insurance is one of the big topics I blog about -- I'm assuming that because you have good security in the new location, your insurance on the new facility won't be as high as you'd expect with a place so much bigger than your current one?

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Jim way to go, I was there when you moved from Woodlawn to the current buliding and then out grew that and added on.

All the Best.

John Martin

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heres' a cool time saver, just out. you may already know about it, just thought it could help out the people in the blog somehow. Might save some time on the short term pain, long term gain.



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