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Amazon.com said on Monday that it is recruiting more than 100,000 workers – the fourth hiring race for the United States this year – to keep pace with the e-commerce demand that spiraled during the epidemic.
The world’s largest online retailer said the positions are for full-time and part-time work in its country and Canada, and will include roles at the 100 new warehouse and operations sites that are opening this month. The Seattle-based company employed 876,800 people as of June 30, excluding contractors and temporary personnel.
The news reflects the continued need for labor to carry, pack and ship products to shoppers’ doorsteps, with 40% revenue growth over the previous quarter and the biggest gain in the retailer’s 26-year history. Alicia Boller Davis, Amazon’s vice president for global customers, said it is rolling out automation in its new buildings at the same time.
Boller Davis said in an interview, “We will continue to introduce technology where appropriate, from a security point of view” and “where we can improve our overall operations.”
She did not comment about whether automation means fewer jobs per warehouse, but said Amazon uses its system to collaborate with people. “We don’t see it as ‘either / or’.”
Boller Davis, who was recently appointed to Amazon’s senior leadership team, said the company was still evaluating seasonal employment needs for the winter vacation, with 100,000 positions to fill.
Earlier this month Amazon announced 33,000 openings for corporate and technology workers. It announced 100,000 and 75,000 new jobs, respectively, in March and April, appealing to those who were laid off by other businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic.