Dollar General to hire 40 workers


At its Jonesville distribution center

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times The Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is looking to hire 40 new workers to enable it to meet the growing demand for its services. The center currently ships out an average of 1.3 million cartons of merchandise a week to the Dollar General stores of South Carolina, a number that could increase as the Dollar General’s chain of convenience stores continues to grow. That expected growth will require the distribution center to increase the size of its workforce in order to keep up with the increased demand for the merchandise sold at the stores.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is 1.2 million square feet in size and is composed of four buildings. In operation since 2005, the facility currently ships out an average of 1.3 cartons of merchandise a week to Dollar General stores in South Carolina. The distribution center is looking to hire 40 additional workers to enable it to meet the growing demand of the growing Dollar General chain of stores for the merchandise it distributes.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Rachel Harris, an employee at the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville, wears the Vocalette headset that enables her to to stay in continuous contact with the center’s computer system. The headset allows the computer to tell employees what items they need to select to be shipped out and enables the employees to let the computer know once they’ve completed the selections. They do this with a confirmation word that they choose which allows the computer to recognize them. As a result, the headset can only be used by the employee it is assigned to.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This is one of the “rolltainers” used at the Dollar General Distribution Center to transport items for shipping that are too large or too small or too fragile to be placed on the conveyor belts which traverse much of the plant. The rolltainers are used in the “conventional pick” area of the facility where such merchandise is store while it awaits shipping. The other areas of the distribution center are the “full case” which is for merchandise can be placed in their cases on the conveyor belts and “repack” where items are taken out of their cases and placed into a “tote” which when full is placed on the conveyor belt as well.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This is the “repack” area of the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville. In the repack area individual items of merchandise are taken out of their cases and placed in “totes.” When full, the totes are closed up and sent down the conveyor belt to shipping. Repack is one of three areas in the distribution center, the others being the “conventional pick” area where items too big or small or fragile to go on the conveyor are instead placed in “rolltainers” for shipping and the “full case” area which is for merchandise can be placed in their cases on the conveyor.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Open since 2005, the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is 1.2 million square feet in size and composed of four buildings with areas designated by the way the merchandise in stock is transported from where they are stored to shipping. On average, the distribution center ships out 1.3 million cartons of merchandise to the Dollar General stores of South Carolina. Because of the huge volume it is already shipping out and the expected continued growth of Dollar General convenience stores, the distribution center is in the process of hiring 40 new employees to help it continue to meet the demand for its services.


JONESVILLE — Dollar General is growing and so are the demands for the services of the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville which is looking to meet those demands by increasing the size of its workforce.

Located at 1451 Spartanburg Highway, Jonesville, the Dollar General Distribution Center has been in operation for 12 years supplying Dollar General stores in South Carolina with most of the products the stores sell. The products the center distributes includes bottled water and soft drinks, paper products, canned goods, candy and cookies, makeup and personal care items such as shampoo and deodorant, pet food, toys, etc. The only items the center does not distribute are bread, tobacco products, alcohol, and refrigerated items.

If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is, and that’s why the facility is as large as it is.

“It’s 1.2 million square feet with four buildings in one,” Outbound Manager Doug Willis said Thursday. “There are three different areas that pack products: full case, conventional pick, and repack.”

Willis said that in the full case area, the center’s personnel pick full cases of items out of the “mods,” the four-level structures where the items to be distributed are stored. The employee picks the needed cases of items out of their respective mods, places the appropriate shipping label on them, and then places them on one of the conveyor belts that carry the items to the shipping area to be loaded onto trucks and shipped out to the stores that need them.

Full cases account for approximately 60 percent of all the items shipped out by the distribution center.

Willis said in the conventional pick area employees load the items to be shipped onto “rolltainers,” carts used to transport items to shipping that cannot be placed onto the conveyor belts.

“This is for items that are too big, too small, or too fragile to go on the conveyor belt,” Willis said. “We keep liquids off the conveyor belt because if the package busts you have liquid all over it. We keep glass items off because if they break you get glass everywhere. You can’t put an item that’s too small on the conveyor because the conveyor will eat it. The items also have to be a certain weight to be on the conveyor as well.”

Conventional picks account for approximately 35 percent of all the items shipped out by the distribution center.

Willis said the repack area is where the items in the mods are picked out of their cases and placed into a “tote.” When full, each tote is closed and has a sticker with its destination placed on it and sent down the conveyor belt to be shipped.

Repacks account for approximately 5 percent of all the items shipped out by the distribution center.

One thing you’ll notice about the employees working in those area picking out the merchandise to be shipped out are the headsets they are wearing. Willis said the headsets allow the employees to receive directions on what type of merchandise they are having to pick out for shipping. Those directions, he said, are coming from a computer the employees are in constant contact with.

“Everybody that picks uses a headset to talk to the computer all day,” Willis said. “The computer tells you where and what to pick and where it is to go. Once you are done picking those items you say confirmed. You can pick out the word you want to tell the computer when you confirm that you are finished picking the items. It knows you personally with your confirmation word and you are the only one who can use that headset.”

The distribution center, of course, receives the merchandise it distributes, but is also receives something else, something the stores send back.

Used cardboard and plastic.

“All cardboard and plastic we use here is recycled,” Willis said. “The stores send back their cardboard and plastic and we recycle it here as well.”

The center uses a great many wooden pallets and Willis said that whenever any of them gets broken the wood is also recycled.

The Dollar General Distribution Center is obviously a busy place, so busy, in fact, that Willis says on average it ships out 1.3 million cartons a week.

That’s a lot of cartons to be shipping out in a week, so much in fact that the Dollar General Distribution Center is looking to hire some more personnel to help it keep up the pace and even, as needed, acclerate it.

Human Resources Representative Victoria Torres said Thursday that while the distribution center currenly employs 600 full- and part-time employees — the majority of them full-time — it needs more.

“It’s not enough,” Torres said of the distribution center’s current workforce. “Dollar General is growing rapidly, meaning more stores are opening and that means more people are needed to get the product out.

“We are currently looking to fill 40 positions,” she said. “All of them are full-time.”

Torres said that the distribution center has two day shifts, one Sunday-Wednesday and the other Monday-Thursday, both of them 10-12 hour shifts that begin at 5 a.m. each day. She said there is one night shift, Monday-Thursday, also 10-12 hours, but beginning at 5 p.m. each day.

Full-time and part-time employees who work on the day shifts are $13.25 an hour while those who work on the night shift are paid $14.25 an hour. While they are paid the same as full-time employees, part-time employees do not receive any benefits and may work no more than 30 hours a week. Full-time employees, however, receive medical and dental coverage as well as other plans they can purchase and can also get what Torres called a “good 401K plan” and are eligible for what she said are “perfect attendance bonuses.”

As part of its efforts to hire the needed additional staff, Dollar General will hold a recruitment event at the SCWorks Spartanburg office, 220 East Kennedy Street, Spartanburg on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For those who cannot make Wednesday’s recruitment event, they can apply online at dollargeneral.com. Once you are on the site, click on careers then click on distribution center. The registration number for the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is 2016-63959.

Torres said that no experience is required and there are no educational requirements to work at the distribution center but applicants must be 18 or over.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is looking to hire 40 new workers to enable it to meet the growing demand for its services. The center currently ships out an average of 1.3 million cartons of merchandise a week to the Dollar General stores of South Carolina, a number that could increase as the Dollar General’s chain of convenience stores continues to grow. That expected growth will require the distribution center to increase the size of its workforce in order to keep up with the increased demand for the merchandise sold at the stores.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_2375.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is looking to hire 40 new workers to enable it to meet the growing demand for its services. The center currently ships out an average of 1.3 million cartons of merchandise a week to the Dollar General stores of South Carolina, a number that could increase as the Dollar General’s chain of convenience stores continues to grow. That expected growth will require the distribution center to increase the size of its workforce in order to keep up with the increased demand for the merchandise sold at the stores.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is 1.2 million square feet in size and is composed of four buildings. In operation since 2005, the facility currently ships out an average of 1.3 cartons of merchandise a week to Dollar General stores in South Carolina. The distribution center is looking to hire 40 additional workers to enable it to meet the growing demand of the growing Dollar General chain of stores for the merchandise it distributes.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_2355.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is 1.2 million square feet in size and is composed of four buildings. In operation since 2005, the facility currently ships out an average of 1.3 cartons of merchandise a week to Dollar General stores in South Carolina. The distribution center is looking to hire 40 additional workers to enable it to meet the growing demand of the growing Dollar General chain of stores for the merchandise it distributes.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Rachel Harris, an employee at the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville, wears the Vocalette headset that enables her to to stay in continuous contact with the center’s computer system. The headset allows the computer to tell employees what items they need to select to be shipped out and enables the employees to let the computer know once they’ve completed the selections. They do this with a confirmation word that they choose which allows the computer to recognize them. As a result, the headset can only be used by the employee it is assigned to.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_2358.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Rachel Harris, an employee at the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville, wears the Vocalette headset that enables her to to stay in continuous contact with the center’s computer system. The headset allows the computer to tell employees what items they need to select to be shipped out and enables the employees to let the computer know once they’ve completed the selections. They do this with a confirmation word that they choose which allows the computer to recognize them. As a result, the headset can only be used by the employee it is assigned to.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This is one of the “rolltainers” used at the Dollar General Distribution Center to transport items for shipping that are too large or too small or too fragile to be placed on the conveyor belts which traverse much of the plant. The rolltainers are used in the “conventional pick” area of the facility where such merchandise is store while it awaits shipping. The other areas of the distribution center are the “full case” which is for merchandise can be placed in their cases on the conveyor belts and “repack” where items are taken out of their cases and placed into a “tote” which when full is placed on the conveyor belt as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_2370.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This is one of the “rolltainers” used at the Dollar General Distribution Center to transport items for shipping that are too large or too small or too fragile to be placed on the conveyor belts which traverse much of the plant. The rolltainers are used in the “conventional pick” area of the facility where such merchandise is store while it awaits shipping. The other areas of the distribution center are the “full case” which is for merchandise can be placed in their cases on the conveyor belts and “repack” where items are taken out of their cases and placed into a “tote” which when full is placed on the conveyor belt as well.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This is the “repack” area of the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville. In the repack area individual items of merchandise are taken out of their cases and placed in “totes.” When full, the totes are closed up and sent down the conveyor belt to shipping. Repack is one of three areas in the distribution center, the others being the “conventional pick” area where items too big or small or fragile to go on the conveyor are instead placed in “rolltainers” for shipping and the “full case” area which is for merchandise can be placed in their cases on the conveyor.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_2364.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This is the “repack” area of the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville. In the repack area individual items of merchandise are taken out of their cases and placed in “totes.” When full, the totes are closed up and sent down the conveyor belt to shipping. Repack is one of three areas in the distribution center, the others being the “conventional pick” area where items too big or small or fragile to go on the conveyor are instead placed in “rolltainers” for shipping and the “full case” area which is for merchandise can be placed in their cases on the conveyor.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Open since 2005, the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is 1.2 million square feet in size and composed of four buildings with areas designated by the way the merchandise in stock is transported from where they are stored to shipping. On average, the distribution center ships out 1.3 million cartons of merchandise to the Dollar General stores of South Carolina. Because of the huge volume it is already shipping out and the expected continued growth of Dollar General convenience stores, the distribution center is in the process of hiring 40 new employees to help it continue to meet the demand for its services.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_2371.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Open since 2005, the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville is 1.2 million square feet in size and composed of four buildings with areas designated by the way the merchandise in stock is transported from where they are stored to shipping. On average, the distribution center ships out 1.3 million cartons of merchandise to the Dollar General stores of South Carolina. Because of the huge volume it is already shipping out and the expected continued growth of Dollar General convenience stores, the distribution center is in the process of hiring 40 new employees to help it continue to meet the demand for its services.
At its Jonesville distribution center

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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