Amazon to hire 100,000 workers as online orders surge

Online retailer giant Amazon.com announced Monday that it is hiring 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the US due to the surge in online orders during the coronavirus outbreak.

Other US supermarket chains such as Albertsons, Kroger and Raley’s have hired more staff to stock up grocery shelves and handle online orders. The companies are seeking more new hires from the restaurant, travel and entertainment businesses.

“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,” Amazon said in a blog post.

The coronavirus outbreak has caused over 7,100 deaths globally, according to Reuters and many countries have implemented lockdowns to prevent the disease from spreading further.

The online retail giant is also adding US$2 to its minimum A$15 per hour to workers’ wages through April. The extra pay for hourly employees in North America and Europe will cost more than US$350 million.

Business Insider reported that Amazon is blocking all shipments of non-essential products to its warehouses. The e-commerce giant told sellers and vendors that it will ship products including “household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products” to its warehouse until April 5.

It will prioritise baby products; health and household (including personal-care appliances); beauty and personal care; grocery; industrial and scientific; pet supplies.

Amazon said it will help the business address high demand of those products ordered online amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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