Amazon to Rent 50,000 Temp Staff in India as Lockdown Boosts Demand

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Amazon’s India unit mentioned it might rent 50,000 non permanent staff to fulfill a surge in on-line purchasing within the nation, the place prospects have been caught indoors for 2 months in a lockdown to battle the coronavirus outbreak.

E-commerce companies confronted huge disruption within the preliminary days of the lockdown in India, however a sluggish easing of the stringent rules has allowed them to renew giant elements of their operations.

“We want to continue helping customers all over India get everything they need so they can continue to practice social distancing,” Amazon senior govt Akhil Saxena mentioned in an announcement on the corporate’s weblog.

“(The move) will also keep as many people as possible working during this pandemic while providing a safe work environment for them,” mentioned Saxena, Amazon’s VP for buyer success operations in APAC, MENA & Latam.

The non permanent hires will work in Amazon’s success facilities and as a part of its supply community, the corporate mentioned, making the announcement at a time when numerous different firms within the nation have been compelled to chop jobs as they attempt to tide over the well being disaster.

Amazon itself has pushed its annual world Prime Day occasion, historically a summer season affair, to September, in line with a report on Thursday.

In India, the place the Jeff Bezos-led firm faces stiff competitors from Walmart’s Flipkart, Amazon earlier mentioned it plans to create 1 million jobs by 2025.

The corporate additionally mentioned on Thursday it plans to enter the meals supply enterprise in India, pitting itself towards well-established startups akin to Swiggy and Zomato.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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