Ama­zon adding 120,000 work­ers to meet hol­i­day de­mand

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Mae Anderson

The hol­i­days are com­ing and Ama­zon plans to add 120,000 sea­sonal work­ers in an ef­fort to meet an ex­pected spike in de­mand as more and more peo­ple trade bricks for clicks.

The sea­sonal po­si­tions will be cre­ated at ful­fill­ment cen­ters, sorting cen­ters and cus­tomer ser­vice sites in 27 states. The move marks a 20 per­cent boost from the 100,000 sea­sonal hires a year ago.

The move comes as on­line shopping growth con­tin­ues to eclipse shopping at tra­di­tional stores. The Na­tional Re­tail Fed­er­a­tion, based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., is fore­cast­ing hol­i­day sales for the Novem­ber and De­cem­ber pe­riod to rise 3.6 per­cent to $655.8 bil­lion, much bet­ter than the 3 per­cent growth seen in the year-ago pe­riod. On­line shopping is ex­pected to rise 7 to 10 per­cent over last year to as much as $117 bil­lion.

Ever since capacity prob­lems in 2013 caused some peo­ple to get pack­ages af­ter the hol­i­days, Ama­zon has been pour­ing money into its dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters and lo­gis­tics chain, open­ing new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters and leas­ing its own planes and trucks to speed up de­liv­ery.

At the end of July, the com­pany said it has 123 dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters glob­ally and more than 23 sorting cen­ter, with plans to have add 21 new global ful­fill­ment cen­ters by the end of Septem­ber; at the

same point in 2015, it had added only 10.

Last year, the com­pany said it tran­si­tioned 14,000 sea­sonal po­si­tions to reg­u­lar, full-time jobs and it ex­pects to boost that fig­ure this year.

By con­trast, brick-and­mor­tar stores hol­i­day hir­ing has been rel­a­tively flat from the prior year.

Macy’s plans to hire about 83,000, Kohl’s Corp. plans to hire 69,000 ad­di­tional work­ers and Tar­get Corp. says it will hire more than 70,000, all about even from a year ago. AP Busi­ness Writer Damian Troise con­trib­uted to this re­port from New York.

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