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.
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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.
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