I woke up at 4:45 a.m. to be at my local StitchFix warehouse— the Bizzy Hizzy—for my orientation as a warehouse associate.
I applied at StitchFix because many of my Target colleagues had gone there— including our former store manager who is now the head of one of their other facilities.
The state still hasn’t even looked at my unemployment claim that I opened in July, and despite having a bevy of interviews (non profits in the Lehigh Valley, N.J., and Washington, D.C.; development director for a public library in the Greater Philadelphia region; even a downtown manager), I needed an income other than the SNAP benefits (food stamps) I’ve received for September and October.
Well, I was considering applying at Wawa since the pay is above average for retail, it’s close to my home, and I’ve heard they have some good perks.
But if I have to go back to retail, I’d prefer not to deal with customers and something less labor intensive than food service would be nice.
So why not StitchFix? At least it’s fashion oriented. The walking (11-13 miles a day) will help me lose my extra 20 pounds. And by working on second shift, I will have my days more free to my volunteer commitments and other opportunities.
The benefits start day one and the high deductible medical plan is free for the employee, you must pay to add your family and you have options to have better coverage as well.
Free snacks and drinks in the break rooms.
Break rooms and bathrooms in multiple areas of the warehouse.
No dress code.
They call the warehouses by the name “Hizzy.” We are the Bizzy Hizzy.
But what blew me away was how the warehouse is organized— the clothes are on rows upon rows upon rows of Z racks. The clothes are lettered and numbered so it’s easier to keep track of where you are. Like finding a book on the shelves of a library.
I don’t want to say too much as I don’t know what would be considered a trade secret.
But I can tell you that I walked more than 1400 steps today.