Ama­zon to hire 120 K staff for hol­i­day sea­son

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Ama­zon will re­cruit over 1,20,000 tem­po­rary staff for the up­com­ing hol­i­day sea­son in the US. The staff will be de­ployed at the e-re­tailer’s coun­try­wide 75 ful­fil­ment cen­tres, sor­ta­tion cen­tres and cus­tomer ser­vice sites. Ac­cord­ing to Dave Clark, Ama­zon Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Global Cus­tomer Ful­fil­ment, “We are look­ing for­ward to serv­ing our cus­tomers in a bet­ter man­ner. Our work­force of 1,20,000 will help us to de­light our cus­tomers.” The sea­sonal staff will ex­tend their help to its more than 1,25,000 reg­u­lar, full-time em­ploy­ees to en­sure a smooth shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence to its cus­tomers. These tem­po­rary po­si­tions may be con­verted into full-time po­si­tions as well, re­ports sug­gest.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing back hol­i­day em­ploy­ees who re­turn year-af­ter-year to Ama­zon and wel­come new faces to the team, many of whom will con­tinue with reg­u­lar, full-time roles in the com­pany af­ter the hol­i­days,” said Clark. The hir­ing an­nounce­ment by Ama­zon has come close on the heels to Na­tional Re­tail Federation’s (NRF) latest re­tail fore­cast. The as­so­ci­a­tion has pre­dicted a 3.6 to 4 per cent in­crease in re­tail sales in­clud­ing on­line shop­ping dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son of Novem­ber and De­cem­ber this year.

The as­so­ci­a­tion es­ti­mates the to­tal re­tail sales to re­main be­tween US $ 678.75 bil­lion and US $ 682 bil­lion as against US $ 655.8 bil­lion last year. Ama­zon is aim­ing to cap­i­talise on these op­por­tu­ni­ties like pre­vi­ous years. The hir­ing of staff is one among its many strate­gic moves to stay ahead in the e-com­merce race. On the con­trary, Ama­zon’s big­gest arch-ri­val in the US, Wal­mart, will not be ap­point­ing any ad­di­tional staff for 2017 hol­i­day sea­son.

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