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Amazon hires 80,000 seasonal holiday
workers
NEW YORK: Amazon is hiring 80,000
seasonal workers for its distribution
centers as it looks to improve its
shipping efficiency during the crucial
holiday season.
The figure is a 14 percent increase over
last year's hiring of 70,000 workers, as
Amazon has been opening more
distribution centers.
It now has more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S., up from 40 last year. And in July it
announced it was opening eight smaller sorting centers for a total of 15 by year-end. At the
centers packages are sorted by ZIP code and then transported to U.S. Postal Service
offices.
The company says the sorting centers help Amazon offer services such as Sunday delivery,
a later cutoff order time and tighter control over shipping logistics.
Thousands of the seasonal jobs are expected to become permanent positions.
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AP | 17 October 2014, 7:48 AM IST
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The pace of hiring at a retailer can serve as an indicator of expectations for the holiday
shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the industry's annual sales, according to
the National Retail Federation, a trade group.
Seattle-based Amazon is hoping to avoid problems that occurred late in the holiday season
last year, when shippers such as UPS were caught off guard by spiking online orders,
particularly from Amazon.com.
Overall, the National Retail Federation said it expects sales during the November and
December period to increase 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, up a percentage point higher
than last year. It marks the highest increase since 2011 when the rise was 4.8 percent.
Amazon employs more than 132,600 full-time and part-time employees globally.
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PackagingConnections 4 days ago
good thinking and better employment, nice way to make ecommerce more cost effective


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