Amazon said on Monday that it will hire more than 100,000 workers. This is the fourth hiring boom announced in the United States this year to keep up with the surge in e-commerce demand during the pandemic.
The world’s largest online retailer said that these positions are full-time and part-time jobs in its home country and Canada. These positions will include positions in 100 new warehouses and operating locations that will open this month. As of June 30, this Seattle-based company employed 876,800 employees, excluding contractors and temporary personnel.
The news reflects Amazon’s constant demand for labor to pick, pack, and ship products to shoppers’ doorsteps. Last quarter’s revenue increased by 40%, the largest profit in the retailer’s 26-year history. Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of Amazon’s global customer realization, said the company is also introducing automation technology in its latest buildings.
In an interview, Boler Davis said: “We will continue to deploy technology in appropriate places from a security perspective,” and “deploy where we can improve overall operations.”
She did not comment on whether automation means less work in each warehouse, but she said Amazon uses its system to collaborate with people. “We don’t think of it as’either/or’.”
Boler Davis, who was recently appointed to Amazon’s senior leadership team, said that in addition to filling 100,000 positions, the company is also evaluating seasonal employment needs during the winter vacation.
Earlier this month, Amazon announced the opening of 33,000 positions for companies and technicians. The company announced 100,000 and 75,000 new jobs in March and April, respectively, to appeal to people who were fired by other companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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