Sifting through the corporate headlines this week, I was reminded of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, “Oh, the Places You Will Go!”
Here's a look at people and companies that are "going places."
Ingram Micro Inc., a wholesale information-technology equipment distributor, plans to hire about 800 seasonal workers between now and December for its warehouse in Lebanon County. That's good news in the short term, but few of those workers will remain on the job next year.
That got me thinking about another large distributor: Amazon.com Inc. The Seattle-based online retailer and technology company makes similar announcements each year for its warehouses in Cumberland and York counties in the ramp-up to the holiday season. Yet in the past, Amazon has failed to mention these were seasonal jobs, and it can be difficult to get a straight answer from them.
Then again, Amazon also made this little announcement on Monday about paying 95 percent of education costs (up to $2,000 a year) for its warehouse employees, whether they stay with the company or not. There are some caveats to that, and a lot of companies help employees with education, but 95 percent? Interesting.
Other movements are afoot with Amazon. Many are aware it's fighting with states about collecting and remitting sales taxes, the same way Wal-Mart or other retailers must. Here's a story about Amazon cutting a sales-tax deal with Texas.
No mention of Pennsylvania. Wonder if Amazon plans to strike a deal here? The state can't talk about it, but it's said there are large online retailers willing to collect sales tax by the September deadline.
We'll see how this moves along. I'm expecting this to be drawn out, mainly because everyone else is saying it won't. I find that hard to believe. But maybe amicable terms will be reached without Pennsylvania spending millions to fight Amazon in court.
Speaking of stuff moving, bread will no longer move off the line at the Paxton Street Stroehmann factory in Harrisburg. Workers were told about it July 14, but the first pink slips go out Sept. 11. Really? Isn't everyone sad/depressed/stressed enough on that day? Couldn't they wait one day to lay off the first batch of 64 people?
The date is likely dictated by other factors, but it just seems like a raw deal. Your thoughts?
If you're talking about food, we'll have to talk about Derry Township-based The Hershey Co. The chocolatey chunks of info keep dropping out of India about the alleged rocky relationship with partner Godrej Group. Check that story out here. I sent an email to Hershey just to double check this.
Want to play checkers with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups while we wait for a response?
Have a great weekend.
Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, transportation and workforce issues.