It's that time of year again, well almost. Amazon is gearing up for another record-breaking 4th quarter by adding a whopping 70,000 full-time seasonal jobs to its US operation. CEO Jeff Bezos is pulling out all the stops to make sure Amazon.com can fulfill and deliver holiday goods to its customers this year.
Bezos says the additional workers are an increase of 40% over last year's additional seasonal workforce of 40,000 workers. Furthermore, many of the 70,000 will be converted to regular full-time workers after the holiday rush ends. Amazon currently has fulfillment centers in 14 states in the USA which fill thousands of orders a day to buyers nationwide. Amazon has spent almost $13.9 billion on 50 new facilities since 2010, according to Bloomberg.com.
So what does this mean for holiday shoppers this year? 70,000 more workers means more merchandise can be processed faster which means more happy customers. This also means 70,000 jobs for those looking for work, well as more happy third party sellers - the independent sellers who offer their products on Amazon.com. Many third party sellers earn their living selling goods on Amazon, or use Amazon as an additional venue to sell their items outside of their brick and mortar locations or their own websites.
Over 10 million buyers participate in Amazon's Prime program - where they receive free 2 day shipping on qualifying items in the warehouses among other businesses. Amazon's competitor Wal-Mart reported hiring 55,000 seasonal workers for 2013, according to ABC News. Get ready to break out the cash, retailers are ready for online holiday spending.