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Retail Industry Updates Supply Chain Industry Updates

Amazon Needs a Few Good People. 100,000 of them, in Fact

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A severely tested supply chain sent people scrambling for essential household items just a few months ago. Now, the supply chain industry could provide employment for some of those same consumers who might have seen their jobs reduced or eliminated in recent months.

At a time when the unemployment rate is roughly double what it was a year ago, that is some much-needed good news.

Not surprisingly, these new job opportunities result from 2020’s e-commerce boom. In fact, the company most associated in the public mind with e-commerce today announced it plans to hire an additional 100,000 full- and part-time workers for its extensive warehouse and fulfillment network. That’s in addition to the 33,000 new job openings Amazon last week said it had in corporate and technology roles.

“We are opening 100 buildings this month alone across new fulfillment and sortation centers, delivery stations and other sites,” said Dave Clark, Amazon SVP of worldwide operations. “We are proud to be hiring 100,000 new associates with pay of $15 per hour or more across those buildings and in our network. Our expansion also comes with an unwavering commitment to safety. Collectively, our new team members have already completed more than 1.2 million hours of safety training, with over 500,000 more hours expected, to ensure that in addition to fast and efficient delivery for our customers, we’re providing a safe and modern environment for our employees and partners.”

Amazon has already opened more than 75 new fulfillment, sortation centers, regional air hubs and delivery stations in the United States and Canada in 2020 to keep up with demand. Know someone who might be interested in Amazon’s latest round of hiring? They can apply here.

Amazon’s announcement came not long after other major companies revealed hiring plans for logistics-related roles, at least to help support them during the upcoming holiday season.

Earlier this month, FedEx Corp. announced it would prepare for an “unprecedented” 2020 holiday shipping surge by hiring an additional 70,000 employees. That is nearly 30% higher than the company’s hiring plans for the 2019 holiday season.

“With the growth of e-commerce and the increased need for our industry, and FedEx services in particular, we see increased revenue quality,” said Brie Carere, FedEx chief marketing officer. “I absolutely think that, fundamentally, yield per shipment will continue to increase and accelerate.”

In August, DHL Supply Chain said it planned to hire an additional 7,000 employees through 2020. “This year, with an accelerated shift toward e-commerce, non-retail industries potentially seeing a resurgence in pent-up demand, and consumer goods and life sciences and healthcare companies continuing to ramp up their production capabilities, many of our customers are facing their most unpredictable fourth quarter ever,” said Scott Sureddin, CEO of DHL Supply Chain North America.

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