Hanesbrands closing DCs
Apparel manufacturer/marketer Hanesbrands, whose catalogs include Champion and One Hanes Place, wasted little time following through on its pledge to cut costs. On Oct. 13, eight days after it spun off from Sara Lee Corp., Winston-Salem, NC-based Hanesbrands announced plans to shut down a distribution center in Weston, FL, and to consolidate two warehouses in Winston-Salem into a third facility in nearby Rural Hall, NC. The 267,000-sq.-ft. Florida facility is expected to close by March 2007; 79 jobs will be lost. The 446,000-sq.-ft. Rural Hill facility, meanwhile, will be upgraded to handle the additional workflow.
Survey says…ops salaries up slightly
If you’re a vice president of logistics, you may be earning more than your operations co-workers but you may have received a smaller raise, at least according to 2006 Warehousing Sales and Wages guide from the Warehousing and Education Research Council (WERC). This year the average salary of a vice president of logistics was $151,250, says WERC, up 2% from $147,625 in 2004. But directors of logistics had it worse: Their average salary declined slightly, from $138,500 in 2004 to $138,000. Lower-level warehouse employees fared somewhat better in terms of pay increases. The average warehouse worker’s pay increased 4.8% from two years ago, while customer service representatives saw an average increase of 4.7%, shipping/receiving clerks 4.5%, forklift operators 4.2%, and order filler/pickers 3.5%.
Growth of imports from China soars
The increase of imports from China outpaced that of imports from any of the United States’ 223 other trading partners. According to a study by Atlanta-based research firm Colography Group, in terms of sheer weight imports from China rose more than 19% last year, to 129.6 billion pounds. The value of those imports climbed more than 24%, to $235.2 billion. By contrast, total U.S. import tonnage, including from China, rose by 4.2%. Import value increased 15.1%, largely due to the run-up in petroleum prices.