People wait in long lines Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in front of the Kohl’s distribution center in Monroe, Ohio to apply for one of the 1,200 seasonal jobs the company is offering. Staff photo by Gary Stelzer

Kohl’s hiring 640 for local e-commerce distribution center

MONROE, Butler Co. — In response to a growing online order business, Kohl’s Corp. on Monday announced it is hiring approximately 640 workers at its Monroe e-commerce fulfillment center.

Hiring is underway, and applications will be accepted for the next six to eight weeks, said Kohl’s spokeswoman Sydney Hofer in an email.

The jobs are permanent, but part-time positions for flex material handlers, according to the retailer.

“We are hiring at all of our e-commerce fulfillment center locations as appropriate to meet the needs of our business,” Hofer said.

The Monroe center is one of four fulfillment centers operated nationwide by the Menomonee Falls, Wisc.-based company to fill customer orders placed online. The company operates an additional nine distribution centers to supply stock to its retail stores, according to the company’s website.

Kohl’s opened the Monroe e-commerce center in 2000, located at 3500 Salzman Road. Workers at the fulfillment center prepare, process and ship website orders.

Currently, the Butler County center employs approximately 1,350 full- and part-time workers, Hofer said.

Applicants for the flex material handlers position must be at least 18-years-old and able to lift 30 pounds. A materials handler: loads and unloads trailers, scans merchandise, builds pallets and labels merchandise; picks, packs and merges orders; re-bags/re-tickets, replenishes and/or stocks merchandise as needed; verifies accuracy of production or location; may set or assign locations of products; performs manual, computer or other functions to enter data in systems; and other key responsibilities, according to an online job description.

Wage information was not immediately available.

To apply, go online to www.KohlsCareers.com.

Online sales of clothing and home goods represent a growing portion of Kohl’s business. E-commerce revenues grew by $286 million to $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2013. Total sales for the fiscal year, which ended Feb. 1, 2014, was $19 billion, according to the company.

“In recent years, we have experienced significant growth in our E-Commerce business,” reads Kohl’s 2013 annual report.

However, online sales direct to customers is less profitable than brick-and-mortar sales, according to the report.

“Some of this growth has resulted in lower sales in our stores,” the report reads. “This profitability variance is due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, a higher mix of lower margin merchandise in our E-Commerce business, shipping costs, and investments to provide the infrastructure necessary to grow the E-Commerce business.”

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