Amazon, the prominent online retail company, is defying expectations by planning to hire a whopping 250,000 employees for full-time, seasonal, and part-time positions across its U.S. operations network. This is a significant increase from the 150,000 additional workers they took on last year.
In order to accommodate this large-scale hiring, Amazon has already opened more than 50 new fulfillment centers, delivery stations, and same-day delivery sites throughout the country. As a result, each of these locations presents numerous job opportunities, amounting to hundreds or even thousands of positions.
This ambitious move by Amazon counters the trend observed among other U.S. retailers. According to a report by outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas, seasonal hiring for this holiday season is expected to be significantly lower compared to previous years since 2008. Retailers attribute this decline to rising labor costs and unstable consumer confidence.
While some retail giants like Target and Macy’s are scaling back their seasonal hiring numbers, Amazon is keen on expanding its workforce across various roles within its operations. Moreover, the company emphasizes that seasonal employees will have the chance to transition into full-time positions.
This bold move by Amazon demonstrates its commitment to meet the demands of its expanding operations while providing valuable job opportunities amidst the challenging economic landscape.