It has a jolly holiday season for the Macy’s Fulfillment Center in Martinsburg.
The center just opened in July. But the first Christmas went off without a hitch according to Jim Sluzewski, the spokesperson for Macy’s.
“It’s actually pretty extraordinary given that it is a brand new facility and still in the early stages of ramping up,” according to Sluzewski.
For the holidays, 1,300 full time and seasonal workers were on the job filling Internet orders and then shipping them off to customers in the eastern half of the country.
Sluzewski says the center was able to handle the hustle and bustle of filling those orders.
“During the holiday season, it was as many as 60,000 [orders] a day, which is a lot of merchandise and serving a lot of customers,” according to Sluzewski.
The holiday season at Macy’s really starts to ramp up in October. Sluzewski says once they’re up to full staff in a couple of years, 1,200 year-round and 700 seasonal employees will be able to handle an astounding amount of orders.
“When that facility is fully up and running, it will be able to handle 250,000 or 300,000 orders a day.”
The center is on track, or possibly even a little ahead of schedule, to meet those numbers in the next two years.
Sluzewski says he can’t say enough about the employees they’ve hired at their Martinsburg facility.
“We have found the workforce in the eastern panhandle and that area to be terrific. They have a great work ethic, every conscientious individuals and that leads to a great performance for our customers.”
Sluzewski says he’s not sure how many of those seasonal workers will be kept on full time.