If you live in any of the 12 U.S. communities where there is a Dot Foods distribution center (DC) or you are an avid follower of Dot on social media, then you’ve probably heard or noticed that we’re hiring… a lot! For many years leading up to 2020, we were very fortunate to experience a lot of growth. But then COVID-19 hit, and us—along with everyone else—saw business decline. But now, the comeback has been faster than we anticipated, so we are excited to be adding to our team and growing once again.
We’ve received a lot of questions lately about why it seems like we’re always hiring. So we wanted to take the chance to address those questions!
The short answer to that question? We’re gearing up for a busy 2021 as the United States re-emerges from pandemic lockdowns and eases restrictions. So we’re hiring a lot this spring and summer as we prepare to meet increased summer and fall demand.
The longer answer? Hear directly from experts across the country as to why we need more people to join the Dot team.
Rebounding in 2021: The Country, The Industry, & Dot
“Chances are that over the last year, you’ve used many products that have passed through a Dot warehouse,” said Nakishia Bailey, Dot Foods Delaware Human Resources Manager.
“It may have been supplies for a take-out order, food from a restaurant, or items you picked up at your favorite grocery store. Our essential warehouse workers and drivers kept the supplies stocked, and with rapid growth on top of the country reopening, we now need additional essential workers to meet ever-increasing demand.”
Some of Dot’s biggest customers come from the restaurant industry and the education sector. Now that those parts of our economy are slowly starting to open, the demand for food-related products is skyrocketing. That ever-increasing demand explains our need for additional employees.
“We are fortunate to have a stable and growing business model,” said John Bordewick, Dot Foods Mt. Sterling General Manager of Warehouse. “With that strong foundation, Dot is poised for additional growth in 2021.”
With increased volume comes customer service goals we strive to achieve. One of those being on-time and accurate deliveries.
“Our goal is always to provide the best service possible to our customers,” said David Hess, Dot Foods Maryland Director of Transportation. “And to do that, we need to have the drivers [and warehouse material handlers] in place to get our customers their orders with the speed and accuracy they expect.”
Unprecedented Job Security
When you come to work for Dot, we deliver unparalleled job security due to our innovative business model—and that didn’t waver during the pandemic. We managed to navigate a challenging 2020 without making any layoffs, despite business dropping substantially when the country shut down last spring. We are fortunate to now be hiring to add on to the team we kept intact during COVID-19. We’ve never had a layoff since Dot was founded in 1960 and we plan to keep it that way.
“Many people are out of work, due to the pandemic,” added Bailey. “We are fortunate to see our business growing, allowing us to also grow our workforce this year. We have careers available in our warehouse and for truck drivers, both with some of the best pay in the region.”
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