An Amazon commitment announced yesterday (May 26) confirmed the eCommerce company’s plans to expand its physical presence, as Amazon will hire more than 6,000 full-time employees across the U.S. at its fulfillment centers.
The employees are being hired to “meet growing customer demand,” Amazon said, as they are needed to keep up with Amazon’s ever-growing number of packages that need to be packed up and shipped out in a rapid manner. Amazon also noted hourly employees will be eligible for employee incentive plans like Career Choice, which allows the employees to benefit from Amazon’s pre-payment of 95 percent of tuition for courses in in-demand fields. Amazon offers classes through local community and technical colleges onsite at some of its U.S. fulfillment centers.
“We’re proud to be creating more than 6,000 full-time positions where employees will interact with state-of-the-art technology as part of their day-to-day roles,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s Vice President of North America operations. “Amazon not only offers great pay and benefits, we also encourage our employees to continue to grow in their careers.”
Of Amazon’s 50 fulfillment centers, it is currently hiring in: Baltimore, Maryland; Breinigsville, Pennsylvania; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Chester, Virginia; Haslet, Texas; Hazleton, Pennsylvania; Hebron, Kentucky; Jeffersonville, Indiana; Kenosha, Wisconsin; Lexington, Kentucky; Middletown, Delaware; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Petersburg, Virginia; Plainfield, Indiana; Robbinsville, New Jersey; West Columbia, South Carolina; Whitestown, Indiana; and Windsor, Connecticut.
The investment in its fulfillment centers is somewhat expected news since Amazon CFO Thomas Szkutak has alluded to this investment during calls for both of the company’s previous quarters. In Amazon’s Q4 earnings call, Szkutak said Amazon would be “driving fixed expenses,” and working on “efficiency projects,” and “productivity measures” with its fulfillment capacity in 2015. With the promotion of its Amazon Prime — which has been highlighted as a major sales driver for Amazon — it’s no wonder the company may be handling and shipping more packages.
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