Gawker obtained an email that Urban Outfitters sent to their employees to encourage team building. They want them to volunteer to work for free from “one to multiple days”, volunteering alongside their colleagues to team build and to make sure the shipments get out in time with the holiday season approaching.
They must think they’re a charity or a mom and pop shop.
Urban Outfitters made a profit of $80 million last year but it was down from $88 million the year before so they probably need to boost profits.
Here is the memo:
Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 12:01 PM
Subject: A Call For URBN Volunteers!
A Call for URBN Volunteers!
URBN is seeking weekend volunteers to help out at our fulfillment center in Gap, PA. October will be the busiest month yet for the center, and we need additional helping hands to ensure the timely shipment of orders. As a volunteer, you will work side by side with your GFC colleagues to help pick, pack and ship orders for our wholesale and direct customers.
In addition to servicing the needs of our customers, it’s a great way to experience our fulfillment operations first hand. Get your co-workers together for a team building activity!
Who: Home Office URBN salaried employees
Where: URBN’s Fulfilment Center – 766 Brackbill Road, Gap, Pennsylvania 17527
What You’ll Be Doing: Pick, pack and prepare packages for shipment (please wear sneakers and comfortable clothing)
When: October 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31 Lunch will be provided
Two shifts each day: 9:00 AM – 3:00PM or 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(you can volunteer for one or multiple days)
Transportation: If needed, URBN will provide transportation to and from GFC (details provided after sign up)
How: Sign up using this link and we will be in touch with more details. Please do not show up without signing up.
The link for employees to sign up now leads to a page that says, “this survey is not accepting any additional responses at this time.” Perhaps URBN secured enough people willing to work for free.
The retailer has been controversial before, selling offensive apparel such as shirts with upside down crosses labeled “obey, a Holocaust outfit and a blood-stained Kent State sweatshirt, an insensitive tribute to the Kent State massacre in 1970. (The retailer apologized for the latter but not the others.)