Amazon, the e-commerce retailer giant is gearing up for the holidays this year, announcing mass hiring of 120,000 seasonal workers across the U.S. Through this hiring activity, the company intends to bolster its customer service sites, sorting and fulfilment centres with enough staffers to be well-prepared for the yearly shopping madness.
Last year, the company added 100,000 seasonal workers, of which 14,000 became full-time employees at the end of their holiday contract period. The number is expected soar heights this year again.
“This is our favourite time of year—we love serving customers during the busy holiday season and we’re excited to bring on more than 120,000 seasonal employees this year to support growing customer demand,” said Mike Roth, Amazon Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “Last year alone, more than 14,000 seasonal employees stayed on in regular, full-time positions after the holidays and we expect to increase that number this year.”
Citing a note sent out by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, USA Today reports,” 44% of the U.S. population now lives near an Amazon warehouse or delivery station. The company is hiring workers across 27 states as part of its latest holiday push.”
Last month, Target announced hiring 70,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, of which 7,500 workers would be manning the distribution and fulfilment facilities to help prepare for the holidays. Macy’s also announced plans of mass hiring of 83,000 seasonal workers to be able to manage the holiday rush and demands.
To be better able to handle the busy season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, FedEx also expects to add more than 50,000 workers this fall. Amid hopes for a strong holiday season for the retail market, there has been an increasing demand for seasonal workers at all mega retail brands.
So far this year, Amazon has created tens of thousands of new full-time roles in its U.S. fulfilment and customer service centres. Candidates interested in seasonal positions can learn more and apply here.