BUSINESS Amazon to hire 50,000 temporary workers in India to cater to surge in online shopping amid COVID-19

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Amazon to hire 50,000 temporary workers in India to cater to surge in online shopping amid COVID-19

Xinhua

22:39, May 23, 2020

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MUMBAI, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Following the relaxation in norms allowing e-commerce companies to resume deliveries, Amazon's Indian subsidiary is on a hiring spree for 50,000 temporary workers to meet a surge in online shopping in the country.

After close to two months of nation-wide lockdown and curbs on shopping malls and retail outlets being still prevalent due to rising cases of the COVID-19, the Indian government last week allowed the resumption of e-commerce activities for both essential and non-essential deliveries across the country.

"We want to continue helping customers all over India get everything they need so they can continue to practice social distancing. To enable this, we are creating work opportunities for close to 50,000 seasonal associates across our fulfilment and delivery network. This will also keep as many people as possible working during this pandemic while providing a safe work environment for them," said Akhil Saxena, vice president, Customer Fulfilment Operations, APAC, MENA & LATAM, Amazon on the company's blog.

These associates will be deployed across Amazon India's fulfilment and delivery network and assist them to pick, pack, ship and deliver customers' orders placed for sellers more efficiently, said the blog.

India, which now ranks 11th among all countries in terms of over 125,000 confirmed cases, has seen a huge migration of workers from metro cities to the hinterland leading to shortage of workforce in manufacturing and services activity.

According to London-based data analytics firm GlobalData, the pandemic will push India's e-commerce market to 92 billion U.S. dollars by 2023

"While the current lockdown in the country has led to the overall decline in consumer spending, this is being partially offset by a rise in online spending, as wary consumers stay at home and use online channels to purchase goods," said Ravi Sharma, banking and payments lead analyst at GlobalData.

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