A King of Prussia-based e-commerce logistics provider is opening a new fulfillment center in Forks Township that could end up employing more than 700 people – at least during peak seasons.
It is the first such fulfillment facility in Pennsylvania for the company, which is a subsidiary of bpost, a Belgium-based shipping company.
Patrick Koreck, human resources manager for Radial, said the 475,800-square-foot facility is needed to meet the increasing demand for logistics services in e-commerce.
The company provides clients in a variety of industries with warehousing and pick, pack and ship services. He expects the Northampton County location will deal mostly with cosmetic and fashion apparel items.
The company said it is initially looking to hire more than 20 management-level and hourly positions. They would include human resources and administrative staff, as well as maintenance and IT engineers who will help get the facility up and running
“These will be the people who will be key to getting the building launched and bringing in the new people,” he said.
Radial then plans to bring on 70 more hourly workers in August and an additional 700 hourly workers from September to November to meet customer demand during the holiday retail season.
Radial is currently serving one client out of the new facility, but plans to expand. Through the expansion process Koreck said the company will look to convert many of those 700 seasonal positions to regular full-time employees.
He said the seasonal workers will be given the opportunity to apply for regular staff jobs.
“They’ll have experience and know if it’s the job for them, if they enjoy it,” he said.
The fulfilment center is at 4200 East Braden Blvd. in Forks Township.
Radial will begin interviewing perspective employees from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 and 19 at the facility.
Radial has 21 fulfillment centers and six customer care centers globally.