AMAZON says it will open 100,000 new jobs as delivery demands increase as thousands self-isolate due to the coronavirus.
The online retailer announced the new full and part-time positions as the delivery giant warns of shortages due to the killer bug.
SURGE IN DEMAND
In a statement, Amazon said Monday: “We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.
“We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis.
“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.”
The delivery giant also promised to increase their employee’s pay by “raising pay for our hourly associates”, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer Jeff Wilke said.
Amazon is set to give workers an additional $2 USD per hour throughout April, £2 per hour in the UK, and €2 per hour in many EU countries.
The statement continued: “This commitment to increased pay through the end of April represents an investment of over $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees across the U.S., Europe, and Canada.”
Amazon shoppers have complained of days-long delivery delays and supply shortages as people across the country rush to stock up on household essentials.
The number of people opting to do their shopping online has increased dramatically over the past week and Amazon has struggled to cope with the demand in deliveries.
The retailer warned it’s experiencing delivery delays and running out of stock of popular household items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and hand soap.
In a blog post written on Saturday, Amazon explained: “As COVID-19 has spread, we’ve recently seen an increase in people shopping online.
“In the short term, this is having an impact on how we serve our customers.
As COVID-19 has spread, we’ve recently seen an increase in people shopping online … this is having an impact on how we serve our customers.
“We are working around the clock with our selling partners to ensure availability on all of our products, and bring on additional capacity to deliver all of your orders.
“In particular, you will notice that we are currently out of stock on some popular brands and items, especially in household staples categories. You will also notice that some of our delivery promises are longer than usual.”
Amazon also placed a warning on their website which reads: “Inventory and delivery may be temporarily unavailable due to increased demand. Confirm availability at checkout.”
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