Amazon announced losses for the second quarter but that doesn’t stop the online retailer to go on a hiring spree. The company plans to add 7,000 jobs in order to meet its growth potential. It plans to added 5,000 full time jobs in its US fulfillment centers. The remaining 2,000 jobs will be customer service jobs that range from full time, part time and seasonal positions.
Amazon said that the fulfillment center jobs will pay 30 percent higher compared to traditional retail jobs. The hiring spree came as the company announced last week that it got a quarterly loss on a 22 percent increase in revenue. Share of Amazon went down $5.91 to $306.10.
President Barack Obama is set to visit Amazon’s Chattanooga facility Tuesday. The president is expected to give a speech on jobs and the economy in the region. Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako said that the company is creating thousands of full time jobs in its fulfillment network to meet the increasing customer demand.
Amazon’s move will help the company fill its growing presence of distribution centers as the online retail giant expands continuously its shopping categories. AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery business, is one category that the company is slowly expanding outside its Seattle delivery origins. It started offering the service in some areas of Los Angeles.
The jobs in the fulfillments centers include warehouse merchandise packing, picking, and shipping. Amazon will be giving the full time workers stock grants. It will also pay a maximum of 95 percent of tuition to qualified employees, even if educational experience is not vital to careers at Amazon. In 2012, Amazon opened eight US fulfillment centers that resulted to thousands of new jobs.
In the United States, Amazon has fulfillment centers in California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, and Arizona.