Amazon Hiring 70K Seasonal Workers Full Time for Holidays

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 11:21 AM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Gearing up for the holiday season, Amazon.com announced that it will hire 70,000 seasonal workers full time to fill end of the year orders.

Bloomberg reported that Amazon's hiring spree is a 40 percent increase from last year's seasonal hiring. Amazon also announced that "thousands" of seasonal employees from 2012 eventually became full-time staffers. 

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is About to Strike. Are You Prepared?

Amazon will hire 15,000 more temporary workers in the United Kingdom, a 50 percent increase over 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"We employ temporary employees as a way of finding high-quality talent while managing variation in customer demand," an Amazon spokeswoman said.

The holiday season is critically important for Amazon, which generates 35 percent of its business annually during the fourth quarter. The e-commerce giant is looking to peddle more digital products like the new Kindle Fire and other e-books this year.

Amazon, the world's largest e-commerce retailer, will use the extra bodies this season to reduce customer wait time in the face of competition from EBay and Wal-Mart.

Bloomberg reported that Wal-Mart previously announced that it was hiring 55,000 seasonal workers and adding another 70,000 part-time and full-time workers this holiday season.

Amazon has fulfillment center warehouses across the country, in Arizona, California, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington state. The online company also has customer service centers in North Dakota, Washington state, and West Virginia.

CNN Money reported that Toys R Us announced that it will hire 45,000 additional seasonal workers this year, roughly the same the store hired in 2012. Target made public last month that it will bring on 70,000 temporary workers, down from the 88,000 the retailer hired a year ago. 

Holiday sales are projected to rise 2.4 percent this year, the smallest gain since 2009, ShopperTrak, a Chicago-based firm, told Bloomberg.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related stories:

Target to Hire Fewer Seasonal Holiday Workers

Obamacare Spurs Hiring Freeze; Israelis Reject US Jews' Input; Obama Climate Plan Panned as 'Medieval Witchcraft


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved