Amazon to add more than 100,000 jobs in US hiring

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON: Amazon.com Inc said it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States, from software development to warehouse work, in its latest move to win over shoppers by investing in faster delivery. The world’s largest online retailer will grow its full-time US workforce by more than 50 per cent to over 280,000 in the next 18 months, it said in a press release.
Amazon is spending heavily on new warehouses so it can stock goods closer to customers and fulfil orders quickly and cheaply. The new recruitments, from Florida to Texas and California, will be key to the company’s promise of two-day shipping to members of its Amazon Prime shopping club, which has given it an edge over rivals.
At least 16 new US fulfilment centres are in the works for this year and next, said Marc Wulfraat, president of logistics consultancy MWPVL International Inc. — Reuters