Apparently, in consequence of the novel of coronavirus pandemic, the need for online shopping and shipments has increased enormously. As stated in the Amazon announcement, the company is seeking for 100,000 new warehouse and delivery workers to accommodate the growth. In April, the hourly pay of workers employed in these positions will be increase with an additional $2 in the United States. This move follows the company statements that global office employees could work from home through the end of March in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
More and more Americans are asked to stay indoors to protect themselves and the communities from the spread of covid-19. Therefore, people show a tendency towards e-commerce and surely Amazon is an ideal place to purchase groceries and household supplies. On Friday, Amazon told customers that they could experience delays in Prime shipments and that the company was running out of stock on some highly sought-after household staples.
“WE ARE SEEING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN DEMAND”
“Getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social-distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues. We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,”Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a blog post on Monday.
Officials from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have recommended people to stay indoors and away from large groups of people to protect themselves from the disease. In the US, several states such as New York and Ohio have closed down highly trafficked businesses like bars, restaurants, and movie theaters to mitigate the threat. Although this is a rational method amidst the outbreak, thousands of employees are out of work and a paycheck for the next few weeks.
It seems that the beauty of this move is that it benefits both sides since Amazon helps those people a job in their warehouse. Clark said in his statement. “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.”