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Amazon Plans To Hire 100,000 Workers To Meet With Increasing Demand

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While the whole world is working on social distancing in a bid to avoid the dangerous coronavirus pandemic, Amazon is planning on hiring 100,000 new warehouse and delivery workers. This is due to an increase in demand in shipments as most shopping malls are shut down.

 

In addition, Amazon will also be increasing the hourly pay for these employees by $2 throughout April 2020. Americans are turning to eCommerce stores like Amazon for groceries and supplies. The company already told its customers to anticipate delays in delivery as it is running low on the goods.

 

“Getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social-distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues. We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a blog post.

 

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Large gatherings are banned in US states like New York and Ohio. Both states have also shut businesses like bars and movie theatres, further encouraging social distancing. This will no doubt leave the employees at these businesses unemployed and without an income at the moment.

 

Clark says Amazon is looking to employ these people, providing an income for them whilst they meet up with demand.

 

“We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back,” He wrote.

 

Earlier Amazon said it would provide up to two weeks’ pay to any of its employees diagnosed with COVID-19. The company also established a relief fund of $25 million to help its independent delivery service partners and drivers.

 

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