Warehouses are struggling to attract workers, and they’re borrowing a tactic from luxury real estate to entice a new wave of employees, Business Insider – Business Insider Singapore
Warehouses are using luxury amenities to attract workers, reported The Wall Street Journal.
With a low national unemployment rate and a rapidly growing e-commerce market, the pressure is on for warehouses across the US to attract and keep employees. Features including coffee bars, lounges, patios, discounted dining venues, gyms, and walking trails are being added to warehouses to make them more desirable to employees.
Just consider clothing company ASOS: According to The Journal’s report, ASOS designed a one-million-square-foot distribution center in Georgia with amenities including two basketball courts, a soccer field, a gym, a pizza and grill station, and a pop-up nail bar. Other warehouse amenities, meanwhile, are being installed to promote the health and well-being of the workers. A warehouse in Tacoma, Washington was built by Prologis Inc. to include advanced air ventilation and water filtration systems.
These so-called “amenities wars” are taking place across an array of industries.
As Business Insider’s Lina Batarags previously reported, luxury real estate has gone amenities-happy to entice buyers. Consider 414 Light Street in Baltimore, an apartment tower that boasts a fireside retreat room, a game room, media room, entertainment kitchen and bar, yoga and meditation rooms, and a business lounge. And then there’s the Oceanwide Plaza in Los Angeles, which, upon completion, will include a two-acre “sky park” 100 feet in the air with two dog parks, a basketball court, lawns, a swimming pool, and a running track.
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