Harry & David plans to hire 1,000 tem...

Harry & David plans to hire 1,000 temporary workers | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 13 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from May 3, 2011, titled Harry & David plans to hire 1,000 temporary workers | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Harry & David plans to bring back seasonal work this year to its Hebron call center after a yearlong experiment with outsourcing the work.

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CSD

Columbus, OH

#1 May 3, 2011
Another winning day for Kasich. It never ends...
Obama bin Laden

Columbus, OH

#2 May 3, 2011
CSD wrote:
Another winning day for Kasich. It never ends...
He's winning.
Reality Check

Pickerington, OH

#3 May 3, 2011
Didn't they go belly up?
Oh brother

Columbus, OH

#4 May 3, 2011
CSD wrote:
Another winning day for Kasich. It never ends...
I trust your remark was made in sarcasm...

From an NYT story on Harry & David's bankruptcy, published in March: "The company’s owners include Wasserstein & Company, the personal investment vehicle of the late financier Bruce Wasserstein. The firm, along with Highfields Capital Management, took over the gift basket company in 2004 for $253 million." (And has already made 25% on its investment, the story stated.)

"Bid 'Em Up Bruce" was one of the worst examples of corporate raiders ever to foul this country.

If the Dispatch story is accurate (I believe the reporter got it right, but I don't necessarily believe the company), these jobs will be gone in no time after the company is chopped up and eventually fails.

Yea Kasich!!!!
Imagine that

Columbus, OH

#5 May 3, 2011
Going cheap on customer service drove the company to bankruptcy. I just can't figure that out.
Taxpayer

Grove City, OH

#6 May 3, 2011
Wow! No mention of tax incentives either. I have driven by the place and it looked like a ghost town. Glad to hear of the jobs (local). It will be a boost to the local economy. They do have some good products and prices are in alignment with other similar firms/products. It is hard to find much good news these days - so this is a refreshing change.
giant

United States

#7 May 3, 2011
Business Lessons:

1. WASPy-Anglo'esque, baby boomer American, Canadian, UK and Aussie customers (the same people who buy gourmet products like H&D Pears) REFUSE to deal with "Amy Patel" at call centers in India.

2. Indians may speak what sounds like good English, and they may appear to speak it better than most foreigners......but most Indian subcontinentals in offshore call centers have very little command of the English language THAT WE SPEAK and the many nuances involved in communicating with English speaking people in the US, UK, Canada and AUS.
giant

United States

#8 May 3, 2011
Reality Check wrote:
Didn't they go belly up?
Bankruptcy is not the same as going "belly up." In a bankruptcy, they discharge their debts and start over, which many times makes them stronger on paper / in the long run even though they bleeped over their creditors, contractors, people suing them, etc.

For most companies, Bankruptcy is far from going "belly up."

And if they claimed bankruptcy AND ALSO fired most of their call center employees (who tend to become morbidly obese / expensive on the health plan because they're tied to cubicles all day long)... the company is probably healthier than ever right now.
giant

United States

#9 May 3, 2011
Taxpayer wrote:
Wow! No mention of tax incentives either. I have driven by the place and it looked like a ghost town. Glad to hear of the jobs (local). It will be a boost to the local economy. They do have some good products and prices are in alignment with other similar firms/products. It is hard to find much good news these days - so this is a refreshing change.
I would bet money that they only hire 18-24 yr olds.
Yea right

Columbus, OH

#10 May 3, 2011
People will work but when it comes time to get paid, they will be outta luck.
FYI

Zanesville, OH

#11 May 3, 2011
The company DOES NOT have a store at Easton Town Center anymore.
monacharper

Thailand

#12 May 4, 2011
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Taxpayer

Grove City, OH

#13 May 10, 2011
giant wrote:
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I would bet money that they only hire 18-24 yr olds.
Glad someone is hiring 18 to 24 year olds. Employment is employment - contributing to the tax roles. Society is better off than any alternative.

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