The Perfect Storm

Jennifer Polanz

   The spring has come and gone, and the season had its ups and downs, but one concern that knows no bounds is labor. Normally in this space I talk about the stories you can find in this issue (and you should definitely check these stories out), but the topic of labor is a pressing one that I’d like to highlight. Initially, we were seeing labor crunches on the supply side with growers having difficulty finding the workers they need. Now, however, we’re starting to see it on the retail side as well, which makes that six-week crunch time in spring even more difficult.

   I talked to some retailers and a hiring expert to break it down, looking for where the issue is. The problem seems to be a convergence of multiple issues causing the lack of qualified workforce, aka, the perfect storm.

   CLICK HERE to read Jennifer's article in the June 2018 issue of Green Profit Magazine.


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