At the fulfillment center, items are warehoused until an order has been placed for it--often online in today's market--then fulfills that order and maintain the organization's inventory. While fulfillment centers were often third-party organizations, now large box retailers and internet only merchandisers maintain their own.
The largest internet retailer in the world (e-retailer), Amazon, will add jobs to the Breinigsville warehouses here in the Lehigh Valley. Amazon runs two fulfillment centers that handles internet orders for much of the Northeast.
The company announced it will increase its seasonal workforce by 40%; leading to over 70,000 jobs created at its 17 fulfillment centers across America. If past history is a future indicator, then from the thousands of seasonal jobs added locally, at least hundreds would become full-time positions; the Breiningsville centers have converted over 7,000 part-time employees into full-time workers.
Amazon needed to add the seasonal jobs to handle the projected forty percent increase in customer demand for holiday shopping. Which parallels previous growth that has seen the company increase it temporary workforce every year and add over 40,000 permanent jobs to its workforce since 2008.