Amazon will hire 100,000 people as online shopping booms

Amazon is hiring 100,000 in packing, shipping, and sorting as its online business flourishes amid the pandemic.

Joseph Pisani reported the news for the AP:

Amazon will hire another 100,000 people to keep up with a surge of online orders.

The company said Monday that the new hires will help pack, ship or sort orders, working in part-time and full-time roles. Amazon said the jobs are not related to its typical holiday hiring.

The Seattle company reported record profit and revenue between April and June as more people turned to it during the pandemic to buy groceries and supplies.

The company already had to hire 175,000 people earlier this year to keep up with the rush of orders, and last week said it had 33,000 corporate and tech jobs it needed to fill.

Ben Otto and Sebastian Herrera from the Wall Street Journal wrote:

The Seattle-based company, which is the nation’s second largest employer behind Walmart Inc., WMT 0.45% said it would take a few months for all the new hires to be reflected in its financial statements.

New jobs will be added at dozens of Amazon locations paying at least $15 an hour and including benefits and signing bonuses of as much as $1,000 in some cities. Hiring for the jobs has already begun. The positions are all nonseasonal, Amazon said.

MarketWatch’s Linda Saigol noted:

The news marks Amazon’s fourth hiring spree in the U.S. so far this year, and comes ahead of what it expects to be one of the busiest holiday shipping periods ever.

United Parcel Service UPS, +0.79%  said last week it expects to add more than 100,000 extra workers to help handle an increase in packages during the peak festive season.

Amazon’s latest recruitment drive comes just days after it announced the creation of 33,000 corporate and technology jobs. In March and April it also said it would add 100,000 and 75,000 new operations jobs, respectively.