Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has revealed plans on Monday to create 5,000 more jobs for its fulfillment centers across the country, and additionally has already initiated the hiring process for 2000 new recruits, mix of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions, for its customer service department. Presently, Amazon has around 20,000 employees in its fulfillment centers around the U.S.
Full time positions will have attractive pay
The online retailer will acquire new talents in the U.S. for the fulfillment centers, who will be responsible for handling and processing customer orders. As per the company, all the positions will be full time and claims that the new recruits will be paid 30 percent more than what is paid in traditional retail stores. The pay package for the new employees will include benefits, stock awards, and bonuses. Also, many of the positions will be eligible for 95 percent tuition reimbursement, irrespective of the field of study.
It is worth noting that the announcement from Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) coincides with the President Obama’s visit to Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, and that too to discuss jobs.
Amazon expanding, a big way
In order to facilitate swiftier shipments, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been expanding the network of fulfillment centers and warehouses, with the help of which many users now enjoy the option of next-day delivery. As the next level, the company now plans to offer same delivery option on some of the products.
As on December 31, Amazon has around 88,400 full and part-time employees compared to 17,000 workers five years earlier. After opening 20 facilities last year, Amazon plans 5 more this year. In past three years, warehouse expenses of the company have doubled following the strategy to open centers closer to customers to save on shipping costs and speed up delivery, says a report from Bloomberg.
For the most recent quarter, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) posted a surprise loss owing in part to heavy spending to expand the facilities. Revenue for the company jumped 22 percent from the year earlier. Despite the loss, the growing popularity of Amazon has impacted sales of many popular brick-and-mortar retailers like Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), electronics retailer Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), and housewares retailer Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY). Two years back, Borders, which was a book seller, failed to create value and closed down, leaving 11,000 with no jobs.