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Archive for March, 2020

Supply Chain Remains Strong

A message from our purchasing director

Dear Friends,

Our multiple teams here at Earl’s want to get information out to you, our customers, regarding the next few weeks.

Presently Earl’s Organic Produce is operating more or less as normal. We are continuing to do what we do best–sourcing the highest quality organic produce from this nation’s best growers and providing the excellent customer service we are known for.

The supply chain, though presently strong, will continue to see disruptions. In a normal year, late storms during times of growing region changes (moving out of California deserts and up the state) would disrupt supply and raise prices. Response to the coronavirus has produced an unprecedented demand for fruits and vegetables that in combination with this current weather event has resulted in what we are all seeing right now–rising prices and sporadic supply. California feeds the nation so this demand is huge. Some of our vendors are limiting the quantities we can buy on any given day. For example, bagged carrots are being limited to whatever our average needs have been historically. For certain items please expect that you will be prorated based on our daily availability.

As always we will continue to inform you of any changes in this situation.

We are all in this together – please reach out to me or your salesperson with any thoughts or questions.

Robert Lichtenberg , Director of Purchasing

A Message About Our Response To The Coronavirus

To Our Valued Customers:

If you are like us at Earl’s Organic, your email inbox is flooded with communication from companies talking about their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Before we share our plan, we want you all to know that nothing comes before the safety of our customers, our team, our loved ones, our community and our product. While all of us currently find ourselves having to process our way through uncertainty, our focus remains on keeping everyone we touch safe.

Our leadership team is meeting daily to stay informed and ensure we are following guidelines set forth by the WHO and CDC, along with Federal, State and local governments.  As of 3/14/20, here are a few of the important steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our team and our customers:

• All employees who are sick are asked to stay home. We have encouraged our team to communicate with us if they or someone around them is sick.

• We are being vigilant with personal sanitation (20 second minimum hand washing, hand sanitizers, gloves, and more). We have increased our supply of essential sanitation products.

• We have increased warehouse cleaning and sanitation practices. High touch and high traffic areas are being cleaned every two hours during business operations.

• We have postponed warehouse tours and large group meetings. We are limiting visitors at our facility unless they directly impact our essential business needs.

• We are continuing to stay informed and discussing the situation often to make the best possible decisions for everyone involved.

• We are continuing to be diligent while safely providing fresh, quality, organic produce to everyone we serve.

Please take any opportunity to share with us your thoughts or ideas. We value your perspective as this situation continues to evolve. You can reach us at HR@earlsorganic.com. 

We are grateful for our continued partnership with each of you and look forward to navigating these uncharted waters together.

The Earl’s Organic Produce Team

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes March 8 , 2020

New crop Bartlett pears from Argentina have arrived! Equal Exchange avocados out of Mexico are finished. Thank you for a wonderful season supporting Small Farmers in Michoacán!  We are fully into California avocados out of San Diego County.  They have good flavor but buyer beware they take longer to ripen up at the beginning of the season.  March is Equal Exchange Banana Month! Fair Trade, Organic and Small Farmer Grown. See how you can enter their Banana Zine contest! Download the Buyer’s Notes.

Hiring PM Warehouse Support

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, seeks a skilled and safe Outbound PM Warehouse Support for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters.

Under the direction of the Outbound Operations Manager, the Product Selector fills customers’ orders from stored merchandise in accordance with specifications on sales slips or order forms. Duties include completing order receipts, keeping records of out-going orders, requisitioning additional materials, supplies, cleaning work area and equipment.

Responsibilities will include:
• Read orders to ascertain quantities of merchandise
• Obtain merchandise from bins, shelves, and coolers
• Check order receipts
• Examine products to verify quality standards
• Count finished products to determine if product orders are complete
• Keep records of out-going orders
• Place merchandise on conveyors leading to wrapping areas
• Wrap the palletized merchandise
• Mark or tag identification on palletized merchandise
• Operate machinery used in the process, or assist machine operators
• Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify Management as necessary

Position requirements include:
• Forklift, End-Rider pallet jack, and electric pallet jack experience is required
• Ability to read and understand information presented in writing
• Ability to arrange things in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules
• Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis
• Requires being reliable, responsible, dependable, and fulfilling obligations
• Requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
• Requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-nature
• Requires supporting other team members and provide service to others
• Requires knowledge of conducting inspections of products

Compensation: $20.00 for pm shifts.

The above is only a basic description of the position and it does not, nor is it intended to, outline all of the specifics of the responsibilities expected to be performed.

Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental, vision, LTD and voluntary life, plus a company-sponsored retirement program. Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We work to embrace diversity in all its forms and strive to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email or come directly to:

Earls Organic Produce
2101 Jerrold Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124

HR@earlsorganic.com

Earl’s Organic is Hiring Delivery Drivers

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, seeks a skilled and safe Class A, B, and C Delivery Driver for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters.

Under the direction of the Transportation Supervisor, the selected candidate will deliver palletized orders to our diverse customer base in a timely and attentive manner.

Responsibilities will include:
– Conducting thorough pre-trip safety checks
– Maintaining accurate trips logs and related reports
– Securing loads to ensure product integrity upon delivery
– Efficiently navigating assigned delivery routes
– Unloading and appropriately handling pallets and packages, per customers’ specific needs
– Providing excellent customer service at every opportunity
– Informing his/her supervisor of route delays and outstanding delivery situations
– Obtaining necessary delivery receipts
– Organizing and securing all route related paperwork
– Participating in efficient route planning
– Pick-up dispatched backhauls in a timely manner
– Cultivating respectful working relationships with all customer personnel
– Contributing ideas for individual and team improvement
– Actively supporting other team members in a direct and respectful fashion
– Participating in related team projects and activities

Position requirements include:
– Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
– Class A, B, or C California driver’s license required
– Able to operate an electric Pallet Jack
– Able to operate a hand truck
– 2-3 years delivery driving experience, preferably with a fresh produce company but not necessary
– Familiarity with Bay Area traffic patterns
– Ability to read directions and use a street map to plot delivery route
– Ability to maintain logs and records
– Strong communication skills
– Excellent customer service ability
– Ability to respond to feedback from others
– Ability to present oneself professionally in customer-facing situations
– Ability to maintain respect and composure in stressful situations
– Attention to detail
– Desire to support other team members
– High energy!
– Desire to grow individually and to learn how to best support other team members
– Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis
– Ability to read, write and understand English
– Basic Warehouse experience

The above is only a basic description of the position and it does not, nor is it intended to, outline all of the specifics of the responsibilities expected to be performed.

Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental, vision, LTD and voluntary life, plus a company-sponsored retirement program and paid meal breaks.  Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We work to embrace diversity in all its forms and strive to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Wage range:
Class A Drivers: $24.00 – $30.00 DOE

Class B Drivers: $18.50 – $22.50 DOE

Class C Drivers: Depending on Experience

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email or come directly to:

Earls Organic Produce
2101 Jerrold Ave., Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94124

 

Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

 

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