May 22, 2020 – The E-commerce giant Amazon Inc’s India unit on Friday said that it is going to hire 50,000 temporary workers that help caterers to the surge in its logistics operations to meet the ongoing demand for products.
The 50,000 seasonal roles would be added to its warehousing and delivery networks, and the move comes at a time when economic activities and e-commerce operations are slowly pacing up to its full extent, as the country eyes a clinical exit from the lockdown, with fewer curbs.
“We want to continue helping customers all over India get everything they need so they can continue to practice social distancing. The move will also keep many people as possible working during this pandemic while providing a safe work environment for them.’’ said, Amazon in a press statement issued today.
Jeff Bezos’s led company’s move comes amid the spree of layoff by tech-related companies like Swiggy, Zomato, Ola, and some other over the past few days.
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Amazon in India is facing tough competition from Walmart acquired by Flipkart, as Amazon reportedly said that it plans to create 1 million jobs in the Indian market by 2025. The company also said, in a press release, that it plans to foray into the food delivery business in India, competing against the well-established start-ups such as Swiggy and Zomato.
In the first two phases of lockdown, which were imposed from March 25, e-commerce firms were only allowed to deliver only essential items such as grocery and pharmaceutical products.
In the third phase (May 4-17), these online platforms were allowed to sell all the items in orange and green zones only, while allowing only essential items to be delivered in the red zones.
Grocery delivery companies like Big Basket and Grofers have also scaled up its hiring to meet the increasing demand.