Goodwill South Florida, a nonprofit organization that trains and employs people with disability and other work barriers, has announced it has expanded its social enterprise by creating a Third-Party Logistics Division.
This new business has created about 20 higher-paying jobs in e-commerce, order fulfillment, repurposing and warehousing; during a time of national financial hardship and increasing unemployment. The enterprise serves both commercial and military partners.
As part of this new Third-Party Logistics Division, Goodwill South Florida is working with the United States Army to repurpose ballistic vest panels from previous ballistic vest carriers and recut them to fit the new, sleeker design of the Army’s ballistic vest carrier for the soldier’s protection in training and battle. The initial contract is for nine months of delivery with 75,000 vests repurposed; however, it is expected to extend to about five years in total, or until the legacy ballistic inserts run out, with about 100,000 vests repurposed annually.
The nonprofit also will take on the logistics support for the Army Green Service Uniform project. This project involves sewing multiple pieces of the Army’s new dress uniform, handling the third party logistics of sourcing and kitting the remaining pieces of the entire ensemble and then shipping it directly to a soldier.
“We are very excited to have acquired these new opportunities to continue to serve the United States Army while creating even more jobs for people with disabilities and other work barriers,” said David Landsberg, Goodwill South Florida CEO. “We are proud to be able to continue to provide full-time employment to the people we serve, especially during the current economic climate brought on by the pandemic.”
To support the current local market during these difficult times, the Third-Party Logistics Division also will be providing commercial customers in South Florida with warehousing and distribution services.
Since its inception in 1959, Goodwill South Florida has developed into the leading employer of disabled individuals in South Florida. Currently, the nonprofit serves more than 6,800 people, thanks to its multiple nonprofit entrepreneurial businesses and 36 stores. This introduction of Third-Party Logistics will not only result in the hiring of about 20 new Goodwill employees with disabilities and other work barriers but will enhance their work skills, giving them a higher purpose and higher pay during a much needed time.
As a whole, the division has currently hired 12 new employees and are looking to fill eight to 10 more Material Handler and Warehouse Fulfillment Clerk positions to be fully staffed.
These new positions offer on the job paid training in tasks related to job performance and monthly training in various life and career-enhancing topics.
“We train employees to perform at the level of a world-class Third-Party Logistics operation in the areas of inventory receiving, qualifying, warehousing, picking, packing, boxing, palletizing and shipping, said Goodwill South Florida vice president of Marketing and Development. “Employees will also receive training in health and occupational safety, quality compliance, business ethics, leadership, diversity and growth mindset.”