Amazon to hire 120,000 temporary workforce for holiday sales

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More than 14,000 seasonal positions were transitioned to regular, full-time roles after the holidays last year, and the company expects to increase that number this year

Amazon will almost double its workforce at its fulfillment centers, sortation centers and customer service sites all across the US  as the holiday season approaches.

The company made the announcement on Thursday, that it is hiring 120,000 temporary employees to work across 33 US states, this number is in addition to the existing 125,000 full-time employees.

A statement from Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of global customer fulfillment reads, “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 on with regular, full-time roles with the company after the holidays.”

The extra hands will likely prove useful as Amazon continues to experiment with ways to boost sales volume and get more packages in customers’ hands. The company recently said it’s allowing teens to shop on their own (with parental permission) and exploring delivery options for your home and car .

The New employees will help pick, pack and ship customers’ holiday orders at the company’s 75 fulfillment centers and could potentially be kept on after the season, according to a company release.

U.S. retailers such as Macy , Target and Kohl  have said they plan to hire fewer temporary workers or to keep seasonal employment levels little changed this holiday season.

More than 14,000 seasonal positions were transitioned to regular, full-time roles after the holidays last year, and the company expects to increase that number this year.

 

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