Amazon to hire 100,000 to keep up with online shopping surge

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NEW YORK | SEPT 14, 2020:

Amazon on Monday said it will be hiring another 100,000 people to keep up with a surge of online orders.

The company said the new hires will help pack, ship or sort orders, working in part-time and full-time roles. Amazon said the jobs are not related to its typical holiday hiring.

The business has been booming at the Seattle-based online behemoth. It made record profit and revenue between April and June, as more people turned to it during the pandemic to buy groceries and supplies.

The company already had to hire 175,000 people earlier this year to keep up with the rush of orders, and last week said it had 33,000 corporate and tech jobs it needed to fill.

This time around, Amazon said it needs people at the 100 new warehouses, package sorting centres and other facilities it's opening this month.

Alicia Boler Davis, who oversees Amazon's warehouses, said the company is offering 1,000 sign-on bonuses in some cities where it may be harder for it to find workers, such as Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Louisville, Kentucky.

PTI