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Coronvirus COVID-19 has caused Amazon to need 100,000 more workers

COVID-19 has caused Amazon to need 100,000 more workers to keep up with the 'significant increase in demand'

Jak Connor | Mar 17, 2020 at 01:07 am CDT (1 min, 42 secs reading time)

Since the coronavirus has become worldwide news, global panic buying from local stores has become the norm. With stock running low from local stores due to high demand, people are looking to buy online, and where do you think they are going? Amazon, of course.

All kinds of products that you would usually walk straight past cannot be found on the shelves in local stores, toilet paper, foods, essential items, and more are running low. Some people are giving up on going to the local stores, and turning to go purchase their goods online, Amazon is usually the first choice, and it seems that assumption is right as they are getting a lot more customers. According to Amazon, to keep up with the "significant increase in demand", Amazon will be hiring 100,000 more warehouse and delivery workers in the United States.

Amazon has said that it will also be paying current all workers in their respective countries an extra $2 per hour through the end of April. This pay bump represents an investment of $350 million across all of Amazon's warehouses in the US, Europe, and Canada. Amazon has also said that it's looking for new workers that are willing to fill full-time and part-time positions and that the company is happy to take anyone on board who has lost their job due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Here's what Amazon said, "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." If you are interested in checking out Amazon's full statement, a link can be found here.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 04:34 pm CDT

NEWS SOURCE:engadget.com
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Jak's love for technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

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