Amazon is still facing a flood of online shopping orders during the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s hiring another 75,000 workers on top of the 100,000 jobs it created last month.
“We continue to see increased demand as our teams support their communities, and are going to continue to hire,” the company said in a blog post on Monday. “Interested candidates can apply at www.amazon.com/jobsnow.”
The 100,000 full-time and part-time jobs Amazon announced last month have all been filled, the company added. Those employees are now working at Amazon facilities across the US. Even so, you can still encounter long shipping times for your orders on the e-commerce site. For example, orders for food items, laptops, and PC peripherals can still take about four or five days to be delivered. Other products such as physical books can take more than three weeks to arrive.
In addition, the company has created a waitlist for grocery-related orders. The long shipping times also apply to customers who’ve subscribed to Amazon Prime, which can normally deliver an order to a customer in a day or two.
We’ll have to wait and see if the new job openings can solve Amazon’s shipment crunch problems. In the meantime, the company is facing growing concerns Amazon warehouses could become sites for coronavirus outbreaks. In recent weeks, a number of workers have come down with the illness at Amazon warehouses across the country, which has sparked protests and investigations at the state and federal level.
In response, the company has been distributing masks and conducting temperature checks to all workers before they enter the premises. Amazon is also working on rolling out a COVID-19 testing process to warehouse workers.