Amazon to Hire 70K Employees to Meet Higher Holiday Demand

by Christopher Freeburn | October 1, 2013 9:49 am

Amazon to Hire 70K Employees to Meet Higher Holiday Demand

amazon box 630 300x225 Amazon to Hire 70K Employees to Meet Higher Holiday Demand[1]It looks like Amazon (AMZN[2]) is expecting a busy holiday shopping season[3].

The Internet retail giant says it plans to boost seasonal hiring by 40% over the holidays compared to last year. That means it will hire 70,000 temporary workers at its huge order fulfillment centers around the country, USA TODAY notes.

Last year, Amazon brought in 50,000 seasonal workers to package and ship customer orders during its busiest time of the year.

Amazon also noted that 7,000 temporary workers were hired on as full time employees this year.

The company recently debuted updated models of its popular Kindle Fire tablets[4], which compete against Apple‘s (AAPL[5]) iPad and tablets running Google‘s (GOOG[6]) Android operation system made by other manufacturers.

Not every retailer is planning a holiday shopping season hiring boost. Last month, discount retail chain Target (TGT[7]) said it would hire 20% fewer seasonal workers compared to last year[8].

Shares of Amazon climbed more than 1% in Tuesday morning trading.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/amazon-box-630.jpg
  2. AMZN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AMZN
  3. expecting a busy holiday shopping season: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/10/01/amazon-to-deliver-70000-holiday-jobs/2899899/
  4. debuted updated models of its popular Kindle Fire tablets: http://investorplace.com/2013/09/amazon-launches-next-gen-tablets-cuts-price-of-fire-hd/
  5. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  6. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  7. TGT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TGT
  8. it would hire 20% fewer seasonal workers compared to last year: http://investorplace.com/2013/09/target-to-scale-back-on-holiday-help/

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