Amazon India unit said it would hire 50,000 temporary workers. To meet a surge in online shopping in the country. The places where customers are stuck indoors for two months in lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Amazon India lockdown disruption
E-commerce firms faced massive disruption in the initial days of the lockdown in India. However, stringent regulations are easing slowly. This has allowed them to resume large parts of their operations.
“We want to continue helping customers all over India get everything they need so they can continue to practice social distancing,” Amazon senior executive Akhil Saxena said in a statement on the company’s blog.
“This will also keep as many people as possible working during this pandemic while providing a safe work environment for them,”
said Saxena, Amazon’s VP for customer fulfilment operations in APAC, MENA & Latam.
Amazon temporary hires
The temporary hires will work in Amazon’s fulfilment centres and as part of its delivery network, the company said. Announcing at a time when various other companies in the country forced to cut jobs. As they try to tide over the health crisis.
Amazon itself has pushed its annual global Prime Day event, traditionally a summer affair, to September, according to a report on Thursday.
In India, where the Jeff Bezos-led company faces stiff competition from Walmart’s Flipkart. Amazon earlier said it plans to create 1 million jobs by 2025.
The company also said on Thursday it plans to enter the food delivery business in India, pitting itself against well-established startups such as Swiggy and Zomato. However, it has started the same in few areas in Bengaluru