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

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

E-commerce corporations confronted huge disruption within the preliminary days of the lockdown in India, however a gradual easing of the stringent laws has allowed them to renew massive elements of their operations.

“We wish to proceed serving to prospects throughout India get every part they want to allow them to proceed to apply social distancing,” Amazon senior govt Akhil Saxena mentioned in an announcement on the firm’s weblog.

“(The transfer) may also preserve as many individuals as doable working throughout this pandemic whereas offering a protected work setting 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 international Prime Day occasion, historically a summer time 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 in opposition to well-established startups corresponding to Swiggy and Zomato.

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