With many consumers turning to the web to meet their needs during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in the United States, web giant Amazon.com Inc stated, it will be hiring 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the United States to deal with a surge in online orders.
With shoppers clearing out shelves from brick-and-mortar stores, regular retailers are racing to keep food and hygienic items in stock and have employees on hand for in-store work or delivery.
Much like Amazon.com, many U.S. supermarket chains including Kroger, Albertsons, and Raley’s have ramped up new hirings to staff busy sections and fulfill online orders. They are turning to people in the restaurant, travel and entertainment businesses who are suddenly looking for work because of the coronavirus.
“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,” said Amazon in a blog post.
United Parcel Service Inc said, its trucking and air deliveries were still functional despite growing government restrictions on commercial activities. On Monday it had said, it is continuing to meet consumer’s demand with its existing workforce.
While Amazon’s headcount fluctuates seasonally, it recently peaked at 798,000 for the last holiday quarter; this includes full and part-time workers. It is not not clear how many people Amazon would employ after it hires 100,000 more.
To attract new employees, Amazon said it would add $2 to its minimum $15 per hour to U.S. workers’ wages through April. The extra pay for hourly employees in North America and Europe is expected to cost Amazon at least $350 million.